5 May 2014

14:15

Motohico Mulase (UC Davis)

Abstract

<p>I will present a formula that relates a Higgs bundle on an algebraic curve and Gromov-Witten invariants. I will start with the simplest example, which is a rank 2 bundle over the projective line with a meromorphic Higgs field. The corresponding quantum curve is the Airy differential equation, and the Gromov-Witten invariants are the intersection numbers on the moduli space of pointed stable curves. The formula connecting them is exactly the path that Airy took, i.e., from wave mechanics to geometric optics, or what we call the WKB method, after the birth of quantum mechanics. In general, we start with a Higgs bundle. Then we apply a generalization of the topological recursion, originally found by physicists Eynard and Orantin in matrix models, to this context. In this way we construct a quantization of the spectral curve of the Higgs bundle. </p>