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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

**Abstract:** This is a report of ongoing joint work with Peter Teichner (Berkeley). Elaborating Segal's axiomatic approach to conformal field theories, we define supersymmetric Euclidean field theories over a manifold X. It turns out that the set of concordance classes of such field theories over X of dimension d is in bijective correspondence to the cohomology of X (with complex coefficients) for d=0 and to the K-theory of X for d=1. We speculate that for d=2 we obtain the "Topological Modular Form theory" of Hopkins-Miller. Evidence is provided by our result that the partition function of a supersymmetric Euclidean field theory of dimension 2 is a weakly holomorphic integral modular form.