Date: Friday, October 11, 2019
Time:3:30 – 4:30 p.m. (coffee & refreshments starting at 3:00 p.m.)
Place: RB 1200 in Richcraft Hall (River Building), Carleton University
Speaker: Brent Pym
Affiliation: McGill University
Title: Multiple zeta values in deformation quantization

Abstract: The subject of “deformation quantization” originated as a mathematical abstraction of the passage from classical to quantum mechanics: starting from a classical phase space (i.e. a Poisson manifold), we deform the ordinary multiplication of functions to produce a noncommutative ring, which serves as the algebra of quantum observables. Over the years, the theory has evolved from its physical origins to take on a mathematical life of its own, with rich connections to representation theory, topology, graph theory, number theory and more. I will give an introduction to the subject and explain how the quantization process is inextricably linked, via a formula of Kontsevich, to special values of the Riemann zeta function, and their generalizations known as multiple zeta values. This talk is based on joint work with Peter Banks and Erik Panzer.