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This paper gives a way to renormalise certain quantum field theories on compact manifolds. Examples include Yang-Mills theory (in dimension 4 only), Chern-Simons theory and holomorphic Chern-Simons theory. The method is within the framework of the Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism. Chern-Simons theory is renor-malised in a way respecting all symmetries (up to(More)
The modular envelope of a cyclic operad is the smallest modular operad containing it. A modular operad is constructed from moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with boundary; this modular operad is shown to be the modular envelope of the A∞ cyclic operad. This gives a new proof of the result of Harer-Mumford-Thurston-Penner-Kontsevich that a cell complex built(More)
We show that the absolute value of the determinant of a matrix with random independent (but not necessarily i.i.d.) entries is strongly concentrated around its mean. As an application, we show that Godsil–Gutman and Barvinok estimators for the permanent of a strictly positive matrix give subexponential approximation ratios with high probability. A positive(More)
This is the sequel to my preprint " TCFTs and Calabi-Yau categories ". Here we extend the results of that paper to construct, for certain Calabi-Yau A∞ categories, something playing the role of the Gromov-Witten potential. This is a state in the Fock space associated to periodic cyclic homology, which is a symplectic vector space. Applying this to a(More)