Lisa Jeffrey


E-mail: jeffrey@math.toronto.edu
<>Office: Bahen Centre (BCIT) 6211 (St George); S 504C (UTSC)
Office Phone:978-5142 (St George); 287-7265 (UTSC)
Office FAX: (416) 978-4107

Research Interests

My current research uses techniques from pure mathematics (notably symplectic geometry, the natural mathematical framework for classical mechanics) to prove results obtained by theoretical physicists using the methods of quantum field theory. In my doctoral thesis (under the supervision of Michael Atiyah) I provided a mathematically rigorous proof of results on the asymptotics of the three-manifold invariants of Witten and Reshetikhin-Turaev which Witten had conjectured based on his approach to these invariants using quantum field theory.

In recent joint work with Frances Kirwan I have proved formulas of Witten which encode the structure of the cohomology ring of the moduli space of holomorphic vector bundles on a Riemann surface: the main technique used is a method from symplectic geometry and equivariant cohomology known as nonabelian localization, which Kirwan and I developed in our initial paper. Later developments are joint work with Young-Hoon Kiem, Frances Kirwan and Jonathan Woolf.

In joint work with Jonathan Weitsman I have studied these moduli spaces using techniques from symplectic geometry (the theory of Hamiltonian group actions): these methods endow the moduli spaces with Hamiltonian flows, in some cases leading to a structure of integrable system on them, and yielding a very transparent description of the formulas for their symplectic volumes.

In joint work with Megumi Harada, Tara Holm and Augustin-Liviu Mare, we have shown that the level sets of the moment map for the natural torus action on the based loop group are connected.

In joint work with Jacques Hurtubise and Reyer Sjamaar (following an earlier paper joint with Victor Guillemin and Reyer Sjamaar) we study imploded cross-sections. This is a refinement of the symplectic cross section.


To Curriculum Vitae
To Papers and Publications
To Univ. of Toronto Department of Mathematics

Teaching

In Fall 2013 I taught MAT1300F. To Course webpage for MAT1300
In Winter 2014 I am teaching MATC46. To Course webpage for MATC46
In Spring 2012 I taught MAT1312F. To Course webpage for MAT1312

Last changed January 8, 2014