Associate Professor David RIDOUT
Senior Lecturer
School of Mathematics and Statistics
- +61 3 834 45534
- david.ridout@unimelb.edu.au
- Website https://researchers.ms.unimelb.edu.au/~dridout@unimelb/
- Room: 159
- Building: Peter Hall Building
- Campus: Parkville
Research Interests
- Conformal field theory
- Vertex operator algebras
- Representation theory
- Lie (super) algebras
- Integrable models
Research Groups
Recent Publications
K. Kawasetsu, D. Ridout. A realisation of the Bershadsky–Polyakov algebras and their relaxed modules. Letters in Mathematical Physics, 111, 38 (30pp), 2021. doi: 10.1007/s11005-021-01378-1.
Christopher Raymond, D. Ridout, J. Rasmussen. Staggered modules of N?=?2 superconformal minimal models. Nuclear Physics B, 967, 115397, 2021. doi: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2021.115397.
T. Creutzig, S Kanade, T. Liu, D. Ridout. Cosets, characters and fusion for admissible-level osp(1. Nuclear Physics B, 938, 22-55, 2019. doi: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2018.10.022.
K. Kawasetsu, D. Ridout. Relaxed Highest-Weight Modules I: Rank 1 Cases. Communications in Mathematical Physics, 627-663, 2019. doi: 10.1007/s00220-019-03305-x.
T. Creutzig, S Kanade, AR Linshaw, D. Ridout. SCHURâ€“WEYL DUALITY FOR HEISENBERG COSETS. Transformation Groups, 24, 301-354, 2019. doi: 10.1007/s00031-018-9497-2.
Extra Information
I study the mathematical structures that underlie my favourite physical theories. These include vertex operator algebras / conformal field theories and their relations with string theory, integrable models, representation theory and number theory (and anything else that I can think of). At the moment, this means logarithmic conformal field theory, Kac-Moody superalgebras, non-semisimple tensor categories and mock modular forms. I'm especially interested in the appearance of indecomposable (but reducible) representations in physics, but pretty much anything that involves cool math is fine with me. Currently, I'm studying examples of conformal field theories in which the correlation functions exhibit logarithmic singularities. In representation-theoretic terms, these logarithmic theories are built from representations which are indecomposable but not irreducible. Such theories arise naturally when considering so-called non-local observables (crossing probabilities, fractal dimensions) in the conformal limit of many exactly solvable lattice models (percolation, Ising). They are also relevant to string-theoretic considerations, especially when the target space admits fermionic directions, AdS/CFT, and perhaps even to black hole holography. In mathematics, there is a tantalising suggestion that logarithmic conformal field theory and Schramm-Loewner Evolution may be equivalent in some sense. The corresponding logarithmic vertex operator algebras also suggest natural generalisations of the notion of a modular tensor category. Finally, the characters of the modules of a vertex operator algebra tend to have nice modular properties. Some of the examples that I study are related to false / partial theta functions and mock / quantum modular forms.
Current Postgraduate Supervision
Name | Thesis title |
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Zachary FEHILY |
Past Postgraduate Supervision
Name | Thesis title |
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Tianshu LIU | "Coset construction for the N=2 and osp(1/2) minimal models" |
Steve SIU | "Singular vectors for the WN algebras and the BRST cohomology for relaxed highest-weight Lk(sl(2)) modules" |
Current MSc Students
Name | Project title |
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Tyson FIELD | |
Daniel TAN | "to be confirmed" |
Past Honours & MSc Students
Name | Project title |
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William STEWART |
Recent Grant History
Year(s) | Source | Type | Title |
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2020 - 2023 | ARC | Future Fellow | Logarithmic conformal field theory and the 4D/2D correspondence |
2016 - 2018 | ARC | Discovery | Towards higher rank logarithmic conformal field theories |
2010 - 2014 | ARC | Discovery | Indecomposable structure in representation theory and logarithmic conformal field theory |
Responsibilities
- BSc Mathematics & Statistics Major Coordinator
- Course advisors - Upper Undergraduate
- Director Undergraduate Teaching
Committees
- Executive Committee
- UGS Committee