Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche Universitą di Napoli "Federico II"
in collaborazione con l'Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici
July 2 - July 7, 2001
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Deadlines:
Registrations are accepted until June 1st, but submission
of Abstracts will only be considered until February 28.
In the modern approaches to the quantization of the gravitational
field it remains of fundamental importance to consider functional
methods with the associated Feynman "sum over space-time
histories". In the attempts of defining and evaluating the
transition amplitudes, with applications to field theory and
cosmology, it is very helpful to consider the Euclidean
formulation, with the related analysis of elliptic operators on
Riemannian manifolds. This point of view has led in the past to
important developments on gravitational instantons, and in recent
times to new ideas in quantum cosmology, and, in particular, to
applications in black hole physics, wormholes and path-integral
schemes. Spectral geometry is the branch of modern mathematics
which studies the relation between the spectrum of a given
elliptic operator and the geometrical and topological properties
of the associated Riemannian manifolds.
The aim of the Meeting
is to bring together theoretical physicists and mathematicians
working on quantum field theory, quantum gravity and global
analysis, and to present the latest developments in these
research areas.
The main topics will be therefore as follows.
(i) Path-integral approach to quantum gravity and quantum field
theory.
(ii) Spectral geometry and spectral asymptotics.
The Meeting will be held at the Department of Physical Sciences of the University of Naples and at the Naples Section of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN)
There will be plenary lectures of leading experts in the morning, and talks in the afternoon by the participants.
Invited lecturers (in
alphabetical order): |
Information about accommodation
some news about Naples and surroundings
Please fill in
the enclosed registration form and send it
by e-mail to: quantumg@na.infn.it