KTH/Nordita/SU seminar in Theoretical Physics

Introduction to orientifolds

by Marcus Berg (SU Fysikum)



I will introduce a few ideas and concepts around the theme of "orientifolds", a generalization of manifolds to the point of view of unoriented extended objects probing them.
This provides an intriguing connection between spacetime geometry, the geometry of the extended object, and the geometry of moduli space.

I will speculate why the recent application of string theory techniques in condensed matter physics may evolve to involve orientifold techniques.