The character variety of a manifold is a moduli space of representations of its fundamental group into some fixed gauge group. In this talk I will outline the construction of a fully extended topological field theory in dimension 4, which gives a uniform functorial quantization of the character varieties of low-dimensional manifolds, when the gauge group is reductive algebraic (e.g. $GL_N$).
I'll focus on important examples in representation theory arising from the construction, in genus 1: spherical double affine Hecke algebras (DAHA), difference-operator q-deformations of the Grothendieck-Springer sheaf, and the construction of irreducible DAHA modules mimicking techniques in classical geometric representation theory. The general constructions are joint with David Ben-Zvi, Adrien Brochier, and Noah Snyder, and applications to representation theory of DAHA are joint with Martina Balagovic and Monica Vazirani.
- Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar