# Topology and Geometry Seminar

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Wed., Nov. 1, 2023 2:00 p.m.
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Location: Live Stream
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**Speaker: **Elliot Cheung, University of British Columbia

**Title: **Towards a discretization of Chern-Simons theory (78 kB)

**Zoom Link:** https://uregina-ca.zoom.us/j/97896109097?pwd=RkI2UkZsMlYyZTBzejhEY1R4RCt4Zz09

**Abstract: **

We will describe a discretization of Chern-Simons theory using Whitney forms. Derived moduli spaces are often described using *L*_{∞} algebras and it is interesting to explore how a derived moduli space varies as we modify the 'governing *L*_{∞} algebra' by a homotopy. In this example, we utilize the well-known Dupont homotopy operator to define a discretization of the infinite-dimensional DGLA controlling the moduli problem relevant to Chern-Simons theory. In doing so, we can describe an ( ind-) finite-dimensional model for a derived enhancement of the moduli space of flat connections on an oriented closed 3-manifold *M* equipped with a triangulation *K _{M}*. This derived moduli space has a -1-shifted symplectic structure which also comes with 'geometric quantization data'. This can be used to define a 3-manifold invariant, which can be viewed as a discretization of Witten's Chern-Simons partition function invariant for 3-manifolds.

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