Curriculum Vitae - Catherine Meusburger
Prof. Dr. Catherine Meusburger
Department Mathematik
Email: catherine.meusburger@math.uni-erlangen.de |
Academic positions
Since April 2011 | Professor (W2), Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, Germany |
April 2009-April 2011 | Emmy Noether Junior Research Group leader, Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany |
Oct. 2008-March 2009 | Marie Curie Intra European Research Fellow, Quantum Gravity Group, School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK |
Oct. 2004-Sept. 2008 | Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada |
Education
Jan. 2002-Aug. 2004 | PhD, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK |
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Oct. 1996-Nov. 2001 | Physics diploma course Physik Diplom, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Freiburg, Germany |
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Sept. 1999-May 2000 | Physics and Mathematics courses at the Université Paris Sud (Paris XI), Orsay, France, as an ERASMUS student |
Sept. 1989-June 1996 | Secondary School (Gymnasium), Kurfürst-Friedrich Gymnasium, Heidelberg, Germany |
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Projects, Prizes and Scholarships
Jan. 2017-Dec. 2019 | Investigator in project MTM2016-79639-P Quantum groups, Poisson algebras and integrable systems, Agencia Española de Investigación |
Nov. 2016 | Preis für gute Lehre 2015 (Prize for Excellent University Teaching 2015) of the Bavarian Ministry for Education, Science and Arts |
Oct. 2016 | Teaching Prize 2016 of the Mathematics and Physics Student Union (FSI), University of Erlangen-Nürnberg |
since Jan. 2015 | Member and German vice representative of the COST network MP1405 Quantum structure of spacetime (QSPACE) |
Jan. 2014-Dec. 2016 | Investigator in project MTM2013-43820-P Quantum groups, Poisson-Lie symmetries and integrable systems, Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Spain) |
Jan. 2012-Dec 2015 | Emerging Fields Project Quantum Geometry, with Profs Giesel, Mecke, Neeb, Sahlmann, Thiemann |
Jan. 2011 - Sept. 2014 | Investigator in project MTM2010-18556 New classical and quantum integrable models: symmetries and nonlinear dynamics, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación(Spain), |
July 2009 - April 2011 | Principal investigator in the Research Training Group GRK 1670: Mathematics Inspired by String Theory and Quantum Field Theory, Hamburg University |
April 2009 | Emmy Noether Fellowship, German Research Foundation |
Oct. 2008-March 2009 | Marie Curie Intra-European Research Fellowship |
Jan. 2002-June 2004 | PhD-grant of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) |
Oct. 2002 | Gustav Mie-Preis 2002, prize for the best physics diploma thesis of the academic year 2001/2002 at Freiburg University |
April 1997-Oct. 2001 | Undergraduate scholarship of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) |
June 1996 | Prize of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Education for the best high school diploma (Abitur) of the German state Baden Württemberg |
Supervision
PhD theses
Sept. 2017 - | Thomas Voss |
Oct. 2016 - | Alexander Spies |
July 2010 - Sept. 2013 | Gregor Schaumann, Summa cum Laude Duals in tricategories and in the tricategory of bimodule categories |
May 2009 - Nov. 2012 | Torsten Schönfeld, Magna cum Laude Gauge fixing and classical dynamical r-matrices in (2+1)-gravity |
Master theses
current | Sebastian Halbig, Hannes Scharrer, Thomas Voss, Peter Guthmann |
Aug. 2017 | Philipp Karg: Iterated semidirect products from Drinfeld doubles of group algebras |
March 2016 | Alexander Spies: Poisson Structures on Fat Graphs and Poisson-Lie Group Actions |
April 2014 | Eva-Maria Huth: Fuchsian groups from Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates |
April 2014 |
Roland Schnellhammer: Fundamental domains of arithmetic Fuchsian groups |
Bachelor theses
- Peter Guthmann: The Jones-Kauffman Polynomial
- Sebastian Halbig: The Burau representation of the braid group
- Philipp Karg: Invariants of Knots and Links
- Stefan Nekovar: Measurements of Lightrays in the (2+1)-dimensional Torus Universe
- Andreas Räthe: Field Constructions with Origami
- Theresa Schmid: Basic Representation theory of bialgebras and Hopf algebras
- Alexander Spies: Braided tensor categories
- Florian Unger: Artin's Braid group
- Thomas Voss: The Alexander-Conway Polynomial
- Clemens Weiske: Knots and links as closures of braids
Teaching
see my Teaching page
Organisation of Workshops and Conferences
Aug. 21-28 2016 | Scientific Organising Committee, Training School Quantum Structure of Spacetime and Gravity, University of Belgrade, Serbia, COST network QSPACE. |
July 25-29 2016 | Parallel Session Symmetries in classical and quantum gravity, workshop Classical and quantum symmetries in mathematics and physics, University of Jena, Germany. |
Sept. 15-18 2014 | Third Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K.-H.Neeb and C. Scarinci. |
March 4-6, 2014 | Workshop Structures on Tensor Categories and Topological Field Theories , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with C. Schweigert. |
Oct. 7-11, 2013 | Second Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K. Giesel, K. Mecke, K.-H. Neeb, H. Sahlmann and T. Thiemann. |
Oct. 8-12, 2012 | First Erlangen Fall School on Quantum Geometry , University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with K. Giesel, K. Mecke, K.-H. Neeb,H. Sahlmann T. Thiemann and S. Waldmann. |
Sept. 11-14, 2012 | Workshop From Poisson to String Geometry, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with T. Nikolaus, U. Penning C. Schweigert and C. Wockel. |
Aug. 27-31 2012 | Workshop New perspectives in topological field theories, Hamburg, together with I. Runkel, C. Schweigert, J. Teschner, C. Wockel. |
July 10-14 2012 | Parallel Session Geometry and Topology in (Quantum) Gravity, Conference QQQ: 3 Quantum: Algebra, Geometry and Information, in Tallinn, Estonia. |
Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2011 | Workshop on Representation Theoretical and Categorical Structures in Quantum Geometry and Conformal Field Theory, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with C. Schweigert. |
Public Outreach
Oct 19 2013 | Talks and workshop at the local science festival Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften |
March 2 2013 | Talk on knot theory for high-school teachers and pupils, Tag der Mathematik 2013, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg |
Sept. 2011 - June 2012 | Schülerzirkel Mathematik, Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, together with Together with A. Knauf and H. Schulz-Baldes |
Aug. 2008 | Participation in the organisation of the ISSYP Summer School for high school students, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics |
Service for the community
since May 2016 | Mentor (Vertrauensdozentin), German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) |
since May 2015 | German vice representative of the COST network MP1405 Quantum structure of spacetime (QSPACE), Member of the STSM panel, Webadmin |
since April 2014 | Member of the selection committee, German Academic Scholarship Foundation (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Auswahlausschuss Hochschulauswahl) |
Talks at Workshops and Conferences
July 31-Aug 4, 2017 | Workshop
Hopf Algebras in Kitaev's Quantum Double Models: Mathematical Connections from Gauge Theory to Topological Quantum Computing and Categorical Quantum Mechanics, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory |
June 12-14, 2017 | Workshop
Teichmueller theory and geometric structures on 3-dimensional manifolds, University of Luxembourg
Ideal tetrahedra and their duals in 3d model spacetimes |
May 25-June 2, 2017 | Workshop Foundational and Structural Aspects of Gauge Theories, MITP, Mainz, Germany
Hopf algebra gauge theories on ribbon graphs |
March 9-10, 2017 | Workshop on Quantum Topology, Department of Mathematics, Université Lille 1, France
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory |
March 6-8, 2017 | Workshop Women at the Intersection of Mathematics and High Energy Physics, MITP, Mainz, Germany
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory |
Aug. 21-28, 2016 | Training School Quantum Structure of Spacetime and Gravity, COST network QSPACE,
University of Belgrade, Serbia
Lecture Series on 3d gravity |
July 26, 2016 | Workshop Classical and quantum symmetries in mathematics and physics
, University of Jena, Germany
Hopf algebra symmetries in 3d gravity |
July 8, 2016 | Workshop Modelling Topological Phases of Matter: TQFT, HQFT, premodular and higher categories, Yetter-Drinfeld and crossed modules in disguise
, University of Leeds, UK
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory |
April 27-28, 2016 | Workshop QG^2: Quantum Groups in Quantum Gravity,
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada:
Lecture Series: Mathematical approaches to 3d gravity |
Feb. 10 2016 | Conference Quantum Spacetime ’16,
COST network QSPACE, Zakopane, Poland:
Hopf algebra gauge theories and Kitaev models |
Jan. 15 2016 | Workshop Colored Graphs and Random Tensors, LPT, Université Paris Sud, Orsay, France
Hopf algebras and ribbon graphs |
Oct. 22 2015 | Higher topological quantum field theory and categorical quantum mechanics, ESI, Vienna:
Gray categories with duals and their diagrammatical description |
Sept. 26 2015 | Workshop on
Noncommutative Field Theory and Gravity, Corfu, Greece:
Hopf algebra gauge theory and Kitaev lattice models |
June 26 2015 | 4th Seminar on Conformal Field theory , Fachbereich Mathematik, Darmstadt, Germany:
Hopf algebra gauge theory from Kitaev lattice models |
June 11 2015 | 2015 AMS-EMS-SPM International Meeting, Universidade de Porto, Porto, Portugal:
Topological lattice models as quantum gauge theories |
June 12-14 2014 | Workshop 93e rencontre entre mathématiciens et physiciens théoriciens : Riemann, la topologie et la physique , IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Generalised shear coordinates on moduli spaces of (2+1)-spacetimes |
Feb 17-21 2014 | Workshop Modern trends in topological quantum field theory, ESI, Vienna, Austria:
Diagrams for Gray categories with duals |
Aug. 19-23 2013 | Workshop on 3d gravity, Department of Physics, University of Wroclaw, Poland:
Dynamical classical r-matrices in 3d gravity |
Sept. 20-22 2012 | 90è rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens: Lie et Klein; le programme d’Erlangen et son impact en physique et en mathématique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France:
Dirac gauge fixing and dynamical classical r-matrix symmetries in (2+1)-gravity |
Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 2012 | XXI International Fall Workshop on Geometry and Physics, Burgos, Spain:
Gauge fixing and dynamical r-matrices in Chern-Simons theory |
Sept. 7-11 2011 | Workshop on
Noncommutative Field Theory and Gravity, Corfu, Greece : Gauge fixing and dynamical r-matrices in (2+1)-gravity |
June 16-18 2011 | Conference 87e rencontre entre physiciens théoriciens et mathématiciens : Géométrie de Lorentz en mathématiques et en physique, IRMA, Strasbourg, France: Causality in 3d-spacetimes with particles |
March 30 2011 | Main lecture (Hauptvortrag) at the DPG spring meeting 2011, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany: Geometry and Observables in 3- dimensional (Quantum-) Gravity |
Sept. 22- 25 2010 | Conference Geometry and Physics in Cracow, Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Cracow, Poland: Observables for 3d gravity from higher categories |
Sept. 21 2010 | Workshop CLP 7 - Categories, Logics and Physics, School of Computer Science, The University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK: Higher categories and observables for generalised Turaev-Viro models |
Sept. 16-18 2010 | Walkshop on Mathematical Physics, Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena, Germany: Global geometry of Lorentzian 3-manifolds via lightlike geodesics |
Sept. 6- 10 2010 | Workshop on Quantum Groups, Université de Caen Basse-Normandie, Caen, France: Quantum group symmetries and the torus universe |
May 14 - 17 2010 | Workshop Noncommutativity and Physics: Spacetime Quantum Geometry, Bayrischzell, Germany: Observables for quantum gravity from higher categories |
April 28 - 30 2010 | Workshop Géodycauserie III: Analysis, Geometry
and Dynamics on Lorentz manifolds, Geodycos Network, ENS Lyon, France: Observers, time and measurements in 3d gravity |
April 8 - 10 2010 | Workshop QG10, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany: Gauge fixing and dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)-gravity |
Dec. 11-12 2009 | Workshop Géodycauserie II: Spacetimes with particles, Geodycos Network, Université d'Avignon, France: Observables associated to constant curvature spacetimes |
Dec. 5 - 6 2009 | Transformation groups and Mathematical Physics, Universität Hamburg, Germany: Global geometry of Lorentzian 3-manifolds via lightlike geodesics |
Sept. 13-20 2009 | 2nd School and Workshop on Quantum Gravity and Quantum Geometry, Corfu, Greece: Geometry and observables in (2+1)-gravity |
Aug. 3 - 7 2009 | Chern-Simons Gauge Theory: 20 years after, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany Getting Physics from (2+1)-gravity: What does an observer in 3d gravity see? |
June 29-July 3 2009 | XXV Max Born Symposium: The Planck Scale, The University of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland:
Getting Physics from (2+1)-gravity: measurements via lightrays |
April 14-24 2009 | Workshop on Gravity in Three Dimensions,
Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics (ESI), Vienna, Austria: Cosmological measurements, time, and observables in (2+1)-gravity |
July 7-11 2008 | Workshop on Noncommutative Deformations of Special Relativity,
ICMS, Edinburgh, UK: Quantum double and kappa-Poincaré symmetries in (2+1)-gravity and Chern-Simons theory |
June 30 - July 4 2008 | Conference QG2 2008: Quantum Geometry and Quantum Gravity,
The University of Nottingham, UK: 3d loop quantum gravity and combinatorial quantisation |
June 4-7 2008 | Conference Theory Canada 4, Centre de Recherches Mathématiques,
Montreal, Canada: Quantum double and kappa-Poincaré symmetries in 3d gravity and Chern-Simons theory |
June 25-30 2007 | Conference Loops 07, Morelia, Mexico: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach |
Sept. 3-15 2006 | Workshop Noncommutative Geometry and Physics:
Fundamental Structure of Space and Time, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical
Sciences, Cambridge, UK: (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the geometrical and in the Chern-Simons formulation |
Oct. 10-14 2005 | Conference Loops '05, Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)-gravity with Lambda=0 |
Sept. 2-11 2005 | Workshop Classical and quantum gravity in 3 dimensions,
Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy: Grafting and Poisson structure in (2+1)-gravity with Lambda=0 |
Oct. 28-31 2004 | Workshop Quantum Gravity in the Americas, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical
Physics, Waterloo, Canada: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation |
June 30-July 4 2003 | Workshop Geometry and physics of three-dimensional quantum gravity,
ICMS, Edinburgh, UK: On the quantisation of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern- Simons formulation |
Invited Seminar Talks and Research Visits
March 27-April 1, 2017 | ESI, Vienna, Austria:
Kitaev Lattice models as a Hopf algebra Gauge theory Lectures on Poisson-Lie groups and Poisson homogeneous spaces |
March 14-25, 2017 | Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe,Institute for Basic Science, Seoul, Korea:
Lecture Series on Knot and Quantum Invariants |
Dec. 16 2016 | Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Bern, Switzerland:
Kitaev lattice models as a Hopf algebra gauge theory |
Dec. 6 2016 | General Mathematics Seminar, Mathematical Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg:
Generalised Shear coordinates for (2+1)-spacetimes |
Nov. 4-11 2016 | Center for Theoretical Physics of the Universe,Institute for Basic Science, Seoul, Korea:
Lecture series on topological gauge and quantum field theories |
Jan. 21 2016 | RTG 1493: Mathematical Structures in Modern Quantum Physics,
Department of Mathematics,
University of Göttingen, Göttingen , Germany: Hopf algebra gauge theory on ribbon graphs |
June 25 2015 | Mathematical Physics Group,
University of Burgos, Burgos , Spain: Hopf algebra gauge theory |
June 25 2015 | Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Hamburg, Germany: Hopf algebra gauge theory on a ribbon graph |
June 3 2015 | Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany: Hopf algebra gauge theory from lattice models |
May 4 2015 | Séminaire Quantique, IRMA, Université de Strabourg, France: Hopf algebra gauge theory from lattice models |
Sept. 24 2014 | Mathematical Physics Group, University of Burgos, Burgos , Spain: On moduli spaces of 3D spacetimes |
Sept. 24 2013 | Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University, USA: Diagrams for Gray categories with duals |
July 30 2013 | Mathematical Physics Group, University of Burgos, Spain: Drinfeld doubles in 3d gravity |
July 23 2013 | Symposium Current Topics in Mathematical Physics, University of Heidelberg, Germany: Quantum geometry and Teichmüller theory |
May 17 2013 | Department of Mathematics, Hamburg University, Germany: Gray categories with duals and their diagrams |
February 19 2013 | Séminaire "Groupes de Lie et espaces des modules"
, Section des Mathématiques, University of Geneva, Switzerland: Gauge fixing for the moduli space of flat ISO(2,1)-connections |
January 14 2013 | Born-Hilbert Seminar, Department of Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Germany: Gray categories with duals and their diagrams |
December 18 2012 | Department of Mathematics, University of Marburg, Germany: Dynamische r-Matrizen aus eichfixierten Chern-Simons Theorien |
April 1 2011 | Department of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld, Germany: Erweiterte Invarianten von Drei-Mannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren |
Nov. 24 2010 | Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany: Erweiterte Invarianten von Drei-Mannigfaltigkeiten aus der Darstellungstheorie von Hopf Algebren |
Oct. 20 2010 | Department of Physics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany: Quantengravitation in drei Raumzeitdimensionen |
June 29 2010 | Seminar on fundamental interactions, Fakultät für Physik, Universität Freiburg, Germany: Gauge fixing and observables in (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
June 15 2010 | Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain: Dynamical quantum group symmetries in (2+1)-gravity |
Jan. 18-24 2010 | Faculty of Physics, The University of Warsaw, Poland: 1. Observables and geometry in (2+1)-gravity 2. Spacetime geometry and measurements in (2+1)-gravity 3. Quantum group and Hopf algebra symmetries in (2+1)-gravity |
June 8-9 2009 | Department of Mathematics, UC Davis, CA, USA: Part I: Introduction to Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity Part II: Observables in Three Dimensional Quantum Gravity |
March 3 2009 | Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Burgos, Spain: Measurements and spacetime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
Jan. 23 2009 | Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France: Measurements via returning lightrays: Time, observables and geometry in vacuum (2+1)-gravity |
Jan. 21 2009 | Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France: Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)-gravity |
Dec. 22 2008 | Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands: Time, measurements and observables in Lorentzian (2+1)-gravity |
July 25 2008 | Dipartimento di Matematica, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy: Flat Three-dimensional Lorentz spacetimes from the physics perspective |
May 27 2008 | Department of Mathematics, University of York, UK: (2+1)-gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity |
May 22 2008 | Department of Mathematical Physics, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth Ireland: Quantum Gravity in (2+1) dimensions |
May 16 2008 | Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, Canada: 3d gravity as a toy model for quantum gravity |
April 24 2008 | Field Theory and gravitation group Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, Mexico: Geometry and Wilson loops in (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
Jan. 23 2008 | Laboratoire de Mathématiques et de Physique Théorique, Université de Tours, France: Geometrical (2+1)-gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant |
Jan. 11-12 2008 | Courant Colloquium, Courant Research Center, University of Göttingen, Germany: Geometrical (2+1)-gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry, physical observables and the cosmological constant |
Dec. 19 2007 | String theory seminar, DESY string theory group, Hamburg, Germany: Geometrical (2+1)-dimensional gravity and the Chern-Simons formulation: spacetime geometry and physical observables |
Dec. 7 2007 | Mathematical Physics Seminar, Centro de Matematica da Universidade do Porto, Portugal: Observables and spactime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
May 14 2007 | Laboratoire de Physique Théorique et Astroparticules, Université Montpellier 2, France: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach |
May 4 2007 | Centre de Physique Théorique, Luminy, Marseille, France: The cosmological constant in 3d gravity: towards a unified approach |
March 21 2007 | Gravity and particles seminar, School of mathematical Sciences, The University of Nottingham, UK: A unified approach to 3d gravity: the cosmological constant as a deformation parameter |
Dec. 13 2006 | Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Observables and spacetime geometry in (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
Dec 2005-Feb 2006 | Scientific visitor at the Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany |
Jan 19 2004 | Spinoza Institute, Utrecht University, Netherlands: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation |
Jan. 9 2004 | Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada: Phase space and Quantization of (2+1)-dimensional gravity in the Chern-Simons formulation |
March 15 2003 | North British Mathematical Physics Seminar, York, UK: Poisson structure and symmetry in the Chern-Simons formulation of (2+1)-dimensional gravity |
Dec. 20 2002 | Seminar on Fundamental Interactions, Department of Physics, Freiburg University, Germany:
The phase space of (2+1)-dimensional gravity as a Chern-Simons gauge theory |
Dec. 16 2001 | Max Planck Institut für Gravitationsphysik, Golm, Germany: Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string |
Sept. 24 2001 | Edinburgh Mathematical Physics Group Seminar, Edinburgh, UK: Algebraic quantization of the closed, bosonic string |