Geometry and physics

Where does mathematics and physics meet? Here you can find some of the cutting-edge research that explores the boundary of the two subjects. This is the official webpage of the project “Geometry and Physics” funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

About the "Geometry and Physics" project

In the last twenty years, thanks to the prominent role of string theory, the interaction between mathematics and physics has led to significant progress in both subjects. String theory, as well as quantum field theory, has contributed to a series of profound ideas which gave rise to entirely new mathematical fields and revitalized older ones.

From a mathematical perspective some examples of this fruitful interaction are the Seiberg-Witten theory of four-manifolds, the discovery of Mirror Symmetry and Gromov-Witten theory in algebraic geometry, the study of Jones polynomial in knot theory, the advances in low dimensional topology and the recent progress in geometric Langlands program.

From a physical point of view, mathematics has provided physicists with powerful tools to develop their research. To name a few examples, index theorems of differential operators, toric geometry, K-theory and Calabi-Yau manifolds.

The main focus of the “Geometry and Physics” project regards the following areas:

  • Contact geometry and supersymmetric gauge theories.

  • Symplectic geometry and topological strings.

  • Symplectic geometry and physics interactions with low-dimensional topology.

Conferences

String Math 2019

The series of String Math conferences has developed into a central event on the interface between mathematics and physics related to string theory, quantum field theory and neighboring subjects. The String Math 2019 conference is organised by the Department of Physics and Astronomy and by the Department of Mathematics of Uppsala University.