Introduction to Conformal Field Theory  Fall 2013
During the fall semester of 2013, I will teach an introductory course in Conformal Field Theory. This course will start from the basics, and not assume any previous knowledge of conformal field theory. Some basic knowledge about quantum field theory will definitely be helpful, but it is certainly possible to follow this course, and the course FK8017 (also given during the fall of 2013) in parallel.
The course will consist of lectures (once a week, 2 times 45 minutes), as well as exercise sets, which will be provided. For the basics, I will be following (parts of) `Conformal Field Theory', by Di Francesco, P. Mathieu and Sénéchal (Springer, New York, 1997). It is not necessary to buy the book. The more advanced topics covered during the last third of this course will be adjusted according to the interst of the students. For possibilities, see the webpages for the previous courses: webpage of the 2008 course and webpage of the 2011 course, and the list below. For the more advanced topics, I will hand out additional material.
News

The last two lectures will deal with fusion rules and the Verlinde formula.
These lectures will be on December 17th, 10:1512:00 in room A5:1069 and December 19th, 10:1512:00 in room 122:026.  The lecture on Thursday, oktober 10th will be moved to a later date!
 Here's the link to a (somewhat tacky) video visualizing conformal transformations.
 The lecture on September 26 will be in room A5:1069, the following lectures will be in room 126:026.
 The lecture on Thrusday, September 19 is rescheduled to Friday, September 20, from 10:1512:00, in room 122:026 (the seminar room of Norditawest).
Points
This course will be a 7.5 point (ECTS) course. In order to receive credit for the course, one has to hand in the problem sets, and receive a pass on all of them.
Time and place
 Time: Thursday, 10:15  12:00
 First lecture: September 12, 2013
 Last lecture: December 19, 2013
 Place: room 126:026 (note: in room A5:1069 on September 26).
Topics covered
The basic topics which will be covered are listed below
 Motivation and introduction to conformal invariance
 The Virasoro algebra
 Free bosons and fermions
 Minimal models: structure and correlation functions
 The Coulomb gas formalism
 Singular vectors and differential equations for correlation functions
 Applications: entanglement entropy and Zamolodchikov's ctheorem
 Anyons and topological phases
 CFT on the torus: Modular invariance and the Verlinde Formula
 Extended symmetries: current algebras and the KnizhnikZamolodchikov equation
Lecture notes
The handwritten notes I am using for the lectures (which are just my notes!) will be uploaded to this folder after each lecture.Exercise sets for the course