Path Integrals and p-adic L-functions

Minhyong Kim (ICMS)

Wednesday 1st March 16:00-17:00 Maths 311B


In the 1960s, Barry Mazur noticed an analogy between knots and primes that led to a view of the main conjecture of Iwasawa theory in which the p-adic L-function plays the role of the Alexander polynomial. In the late 1980s, Edward Witten reconstructed the Jones polynomial as a path integral-in the sense of quantum field theory-associated to SU(2) Chern-Simons theory. This talk will review some of this history and present a weak arithmetic analogue of Witten’s formula.

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