# Past Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar

In 2000 Eliashberg-Polterovich introduced the natural notion of orderability of contact manifolds; that is, the existence of a natural partial order on the group of contactomorphisms. I will explain how one can study orderability questions using the machinery of Rabinowitz Floer homology. We establish a link between orderable and hypertight contact manifolds, and show that the Weinstein Conjecture holds (i.e. there exists a closed Reeb orbit) whenever there exists a positive (not necessarily contractible) loop of contactomorphisms.

Joint work with Peter Albers and Urs Fuchs.

The Contou-Carrère symbol has been introduced in the 90's in the study of local analogues of autoduality of Jacobians of smooth projective curves. It is closely related to the tame symbol, the residue pairing, and the canonical central extension of loop groups. In this talk we will a discuss a K-theoretic interpretation of the Contou-Carrère symbol, which allows us to generalize this one-dimensional picture to higher dimensions. This will be achieved by studying the K-theory of Tate objects, giving rise to natural central extensions of higher loop groups by spectra. Using the K-theoretic viewpoint, we then go on to prove a reciprocity law for higher-dimensional Contou-Carrère symbols. This is joint work with O. Braunling and J. Wolfson.

Quasimaps provide compactifications, depending on a stability parameter epsilon, for moduli spaces of maps from nonsingular algebraic curves to a large class of GIT quotients. These compactifications enjoy good properties and in particular they carry virtual fundamental classes. As the parameter epsilon varies, the resulting invariants are related by wall-crossing formulas. I will present some of these formulas in genus zero, and will explain why they can be viewed as generalizations (in several directions) of Givental's toric mirror theorems. I will also describe extensions of wall-crossing to higher genus, and (time permitting) to orbifold GIT targets as well.

The talk is based on joint works with Bumsig Kim, and partly also with Daewoong Cheong and with Davesh Maulik.

Quasimaps provide compactifications, depending on a stability parameter epsilon, for moduli spaces of maps from nonsingular algebraic curves to a large class of GIT quotients. These compactifications enjoy good properties and in particular they carry virtual fundamental classes. As the parameter epsilon varies, the resulting invariants are related by wall-crossing formulas. I will present some of these formulas in genus zero, and will explain why they can be viewed as generalizations (in several directions) of Givental's toric mirror theorems. I will also describe extensions of wall-crossing to higher genus, and (time permitting) to orbifold GIT targets as well.

The talk is based on joint works with Bumsig Kim, and partly also with Daewoong Cheong and with Davesh Maulik.

The concept of a matrix factorization was originally introduced by Eisenbud to study syzygies over local rings of singular hypersurfaces. More recently, interactions with mathematical physics, where matrix factorizations appear in quantum field theory, have provided various new insights. I will explain how matrix factorizations can be studied in the context of noncommutative algebraic geometry based on differential graded categories. We will see the relevance of the noncommutative analogue of de Rham cohomology in terms of classical singularity theory. Finally, I will outline how the Kapustin-Li formula for the noncommutative Serre duality pairing (originally computed via path integral methods) can be mathematically explained using a combination of homological perturbation theory and local duality.

Partly based on joint work with Daniel Murfet.

The concept of a matrix factorization was originally introduced by Eisenbud to study syzygies over local rings of singular hypersurfaces. More recently, interactions with mathematical physics, where matrix factorizations appear in quantum field theory, have provided various new insights. I will explain how matrix factorizations can be studied in the context of noncommutative algebraic geometry based on differential graded categories. We will see the relevance of the noncommutative analogue of de Rham cohomology in terms of classical singularity theory. Finally, I will outline how the Kapustin-Li formula for the noncommutative Serre duality pairing (originally computed via path integral methods) can be mathematically explained using a combination of homological perturbation theory and local duality.

Partly based on joint work with Daniel Murfet.