From November 2 – 6, 2015, Dr. Daniele Alessandrini, Dr. Gye-Seon Lee, and Dr. Ana Peón-Nieto from the Differential Geometry research group at Heidelberg University, led by GRG group leader Anna Wienhard, will organize the “Hengstberger Symposium” at the Internationales Wissenschaftsforum Heidelberg (IWH). This international symposium focuses on interactions and new trends regarding Higher Teichmüller theory.
Higher Teichmüller theory brings together three apparently unrelated mathematical objects: geometric structures, representation varieties and Higgs bundles. The two first are a valuable tool to study the shape of spaces, how they can vary and what is preserved under given changes. The second comes from the study of differential equations closely connected to Physics: a Higgs bundle can be though of as a generalization of a Higgs boson.
More information: https://www.mathi.uni-heidelberg.de/~diffgeo/Teichmullertheory.html
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