Sasha Voronov (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Quantum Deformation Theory
Classical deformation theory is based on the Classical Master Equation (CME), a.k.a. the Maurer-Cartan Equation: dS + 1/2 [S,S] = 0. Physicists have been using a quantized CME, called the Quantum Master Equation (QME), a.k.a. the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) Master Equation: dS + h \Delta S + 1/2 {S,S} = 0. The CME is defined in a differential graded (dg) Lie algebra, whereas the QME is defined in a space V[[h]] of formal power series or V((h)) of formal Laurent series with values in a dg BV algebra V. One can anticipate a generalization of classical deformation theory arising from the QME, quantum deformation theory. Quantum deformation functor and its representability will be discussed in the talk.