##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Colloquium

## Nora Ganter

#### University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

## The relationship between elliptic cohomology and string theory - orbifold genera, product formulas and cohomology operations

##### Abstract:

Elliptic cohomology is a field at the intersection of number theory, algebraic geometry and algebraic topology. Its definition is very technical and highly homotopy theoretic. While its geometric definition is still an open question, elliptic cohomology exhibits striking formal similarities to string theory, and it is strongly expected that a geometric interpretation will come from there. To illustrate the interaction between the two fields, I will speak about my work on orbifold genera and product formulas: After a very informal introduction to elliptic cohomology, I will discuss string theory on orbifolds and explain how a formula by Dijkgraaf, Moore, Verlinde and Verlinde on the orbifold elliptic genus of symmetric powers of a manifold motivated my work in elliptic cohomology. I will proceed to explain why elliptic cohomology provides a good framework for the study of orbifold genera.

Host: Nitya Kitchloo

### January 25, 2007

### 1:00 PM

### AP&M 6402

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