Mathematical and Conceptual Aspects of Quantum Theory (20w5137)


(Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)

Chryssomalis Chryssomalakos (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México)


The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) will host the "Mathematical and Conceptual Aspects of Quantum Theory" workshop in Oaxaca, from June 21 to June 26, 2020.

In recent years the foundations of quantum theory have seen a boost of interest and development. This is on the one hand due to their crucial role in new developments such as quantum information theory, quantum computing, and nano-scale physics. On the other hand, it is due to the increasing recognition of their relevance in big unsolved questions such as quantum gravity and black hole physics. At the same time, successful theories of physics have always relied on and driven mathematical development. The fruitful interaction with physics extends to almost all areas of mathematics, but is arguably most broad and intense at the foundations of physics.

Thus, researchers working on conceptual and mathematical aspects of quantum theory, and especially foundations, could contribute substantially to advance these new developments and address these big questions. However, there is considerable fragmentation in this broad area with many small groups or even individual researchers working in isolation on specialized problems, particularly in Mexico. The present workshop aims to bring together leading researchers working on a number of different directions in this area. This is with the aim to initiate or foster their mutual communication, initiate collaboration and contribute to community formation, both internationally, and in Mexico in particular.

The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) in Mexico, and the Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) in Banff, are collaborative Canada-US-Mexico ventures that provide an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station in Banff is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The research station in Oaxaca is funded by CONACYT