Beyond Elliptic Polylogarithms (24w5189)


Jacob Bourjaily (Penn State University)

Ekta Chaubey Sotnikov (University of Bonn)

Hugo Garcia-Compean (CINVESTAV Mexico City)

Karen Yeats (University of Waterloo)

Matt von Hippel (CEA Paris-Saclay)


The Casa Matemática Oaxaca (CMO) will host the "Beyond Elliptic Polylogarithms" workshop in Oaxaca, from June 16 to June 21, 2024.

In recent years, researchers have discovered an unexpected mathematical connection between two different areas of physics. One community of researchers, working to make more precise predictions for particle physics experiments like the Large Hadron Collider, has discovered that their calculations involve increasingly complicated mathematical structures, described by the mathematical discipline of algebraic geometry. Some of these calculations, involving a mathematical object called an elliptic curve, have been the focus of much recent progress. However, more complicated calculations involve yet more complicated geometries. Some of these involve more than one elliptic curve, while others involve a type of geometry studied in a very different area of physics: Calabi-Yau manifolds, previously studied as a potential shape for the extra dimensions of string theory.

This workshop will bring together experts in this intersection of topics: particle physicists who aim to tackle calculations with multiple elliptic curves and Calabi-Yau manifolds, string theorists, and mathematicians who study topics that tie the two areas together such as algebraic geometry and combinatorics. The workshop will foster dialogue between these groups, a fresh exchange of ideas that should yield new insights and new progress.

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