Past Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar

15 October 2009
15:45
Gregory Sankaran
Abstract
I shall describe joint work with Gritsenko and Hulek in which we study the moduli spaces of polarised holomorphic symplectic manifolds via their periods. There are strong similarities with moduli spaces of K3 surfaces, but also some important differences, notably that global Torelli fails. I shall explain (conjecturally) why and show how the techniques used to obtain general type results for K3 moduli can be modified to give similar, and quite strong, results in this case. Mainly I shall concentrate on the case of deformations of Hilbert schemes of K3 surfaces.
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar
15 October 2009
14:00
Timothy Logvinenko
Abstract
We give a three dimensional generalization of the classical McKay correspondence construction by Gonzales-Sprinberg and Verdier. This boils down to computing for the Bridgeland-King-Reid derived category equivalence the images of twists of the point sheaf at the origin of C^3 by irreducible representations of G. For abelian G the answer turns out to be closely linked to a piece of toric combinatorics known as Reid's recipe.
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar
13 October 2009
15:45
Matt Kerr
Abstract
Associated to a pencil of algebraic curves with singular fibres is a bundle of Jacobians (which are abelian varieties off the discriminant locus of the family and semiabelian varieties over it). Normal functions, which are holomorphic sections of such a Jacobian bundle, were introduced by Poincare and used by Lefschetz to prove the Hodge Conjecture (HC) on algebraic surfaces. By a recent result of Griffiths and Green, an appropriate generalization of these normal functions remains at the center of efforts to establish the HC more generally and understand its implications. (Furthermore, the nature of the zero-loci of these normal functions is related to the Bloch-Beilinson conjectures on filtrations on Chow groups.) Abel-Jacobi maps give the connection between algebraic cycles and normal functions. In this talk, we shall discuss the limits and singularities of Abel-Jacobi maps for cycles on degenerating families of algebraic varieties. These two features are strongly connected with the issue of graphing admissible normal functions in a Neron model, properly generalizing Poincare's notion of normal functions. Some of these issues will be passed over rather lightly; our main intention is to give some simple examples of limits of AJ maps and stress their connection with higher algebraic K-theory. A very new theme in homological mirror symmetry concerns what the mirror of a normal function should be; in work of Morrison and Walcher, the mirror is related to counting holomorphic disks in a CY 3-fold bounding on a Lagrangian. Along slightly different lines, we shall briefly describe a surprising application of "higher" normal functions to growth of enumerative (Gromov-Witten) invariants in the context of local mirror symmetry.
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar
30 June 2009
14:00
Andrew Neitzke
Abstract
I will describe some recent joint work with Davide Gaiotto and Greg Moore, in which we explain the origin of the wall-crossing formula of Kontsevich and Soibelman, in the context of N=2 supersymmetric field theories in four dimensions. The wall-crossing formula gives a recipe for constructing the smooth hyperkahler metric on the moduli space of the field theory reduced on a circle to 3 dimensions. In certain examples this moduli space is actually a moduli space of ramified Higgs bundles, so we obtain a new description of the hyperkahler structure on that space.
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar
23 June 2009
15:45
Ivan Smith
Abstract
I will describe joint work with Mohammed Abouzaid, in which we complete the proof of homological mirror symmetry for the standard four-torus and consider various applications. A key tool is the recently-developed holomorphic quilt theory of Mau-Wehrheim-Woodward.
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar

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