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At various places I have seen people referring to Segal's papers in CFT as the "standard definition" of the subject. These seem to have become classics in this field. But I can't locate them on the net. I searched on arxiv,spires,Google/Scholar,AMS etc.

The papers I am referring to are (especially the fist one),

  • G. Segal, The definition of conformal field theory, in: Differential geometrical methods in theoretical physics (Como, 1987), NATO Adv. Sci. Inst. Ser. C Math. Phys. Sci., 250, Kluwer Acad. Publ., Dordrecht, 1988, 165-171

  • G. Segal, Two-dimensional conformal field theories and modular functors, in: Proceedings of the IXth International Congress on Mathematical Physics, Swansea, 1988, Hilger, Bristol, 1989, 22-37.

  • G. Segal, The definition of conformal field theory, preprint, 1988; also in: Topology, geometry and quantum field theory, ed. U. Tillmann, London Math. Soc. Lect. Note Ser., Vol. 308. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2004, 421-577.

and on similar lines this paper by Moore and Seiberg

  • G. Moore and N. Seiberg, Lectures on RCFT, in: Physics, geometry, and topology (Banff, AB, 1989), ed. H.C. Lee, NATO Adv. Sci. Inst. Ser. B Phys., 238, Plenum, New York, 1990, 263-361.

One possibility is that these are only available in the proceedings mentioned and hence only as books in some library. Are there no online copies of these?

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Are these books/proceedings/volumes not available in your library? –  Kevin H. Lin Jun 17 '10 at 21:23
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I voted to close, because I don't think the purpose of MO is to substitute for going to the library/requesting an interlibrary loan/reading previews on google books - especially not for things like the Tillmann volume that are in print and easily available. I think MO runs the risk of getting into murky waters if people use it this way. Happily, much of what we need is openly available - for those things that are not, an occasional library visit isn't such a hardship. –  Tim Perutz Jun 17 '10 at 22:18
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Personally, I don't mind mathoverflow being used this way unless it in some way becomes disruptive. –  Scott Morrison Jun 18 '10 at 4:00
    
Anirbit: Does Tata have a physical library? –  S. Carnahan Jun 18 '10 at 4:01
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I agree with Tim on the murky waters. There's a definite distinction between asking for a reference and asking for a way to find a technically illegal copy of something. Whilst the question does not ask for such, it doesn't not ask for it. –  Andrew Stacey Jun 18 '10 at 8:44
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Moore-Seiberg can be obtained from Professor Moore's webpage, see this page.

One of Segal's lectures can be found here, which I'm afraid is different from what you requested.

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Thanks for the links! –  Anirbit Jun 18 '10 at 18:15
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The first of your references is available via Google books.

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