Past Geometry and Analysis Seminar

11 May 2015
14:15
Mark Haskins
Abstract

A long-standing problem in almost complex geometry has been the question of existence of (complete) inhomogeneous nearly Kahler 6-manifolds. One of the main motivations for this question comes from $G_2$ geometry: the Riemannian cone over a nearly Kahler 6-manifold is a singular space with holonomy $G_2$.

Viewing Euclidean 7-space as the cone over the round 6-sphere, the induced nearly Kahler structure is the standard $G_2$-invariant almost complex structure on the 6-sphere induced by octonionic multiplication. We resolve this problem by proving the existence of exotic (inhomogeneous) nearly Kahler metrics on the 6-sphere and also on the product of two 3-spheres. This is joint work with Lorenzo Foscolo, Stony Brook.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
27 April 2015
14:15
Philip Boalch
Abstract

From a geometric viewpoint the irregular Riemann-Hilbert correspondence can be viewed as a machine that takes as input a simple
`additive' symplectic/Poisson manifold and it outputs a more complicated `multiplicative' symplectic/Poisson manifold. In the
simplest nontrivial example it converts the linear Poisson manifold Lie(G)^* into the dual Poisson Lie group G^* (which is the Poisson
manifold underlying the Drinfeld-Jimbo quantum group). This talk will firstly describe some more recent (and more complicated) examples of
such `nonperturbative symplectic/Poisson manifolds', i.e. symplectic spaces of Stokes/monodromy data or `wild character varieties'. Then
the natural generalisations (`fission algebras') of the deformed multiplicative preprojective algebras that occur will be discussed, some
of which are known to be related to Cherednik algebras.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
9 March 2015
14:15
Brent Pym
Abstract

A meromorphic connection on a complex curve can be interpreted as a representation of a simple Lie algebroid.  By integrating this Lie algebroid to a Lie groupoid, one obtains a complex surface on which the parallel transport of the connection is globally well-defined and holomorphic, despite the apparent singularities of the corresponding differential equations.  I will describe these groupoids and explain how they can be used to illuminate various aspects of the classical theory of singular ODEs, such as the resummation of divergent series solutions.  (This talk is based on joint work with Marco Gualtieri and Songhao Li.)

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
23 February 2015
14:15
Nigel Hitchin
Abstract

The lecture will introduce the notion of a folded 4-dimensional hyperkähler manifold, give examples and prove a local existence theorem from boundary data using twistor methods, following an idea of Biquard.  

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
9 February 2015
14:15
David Baraglia
Abstract

The moduli space of Higgs bundles on a hyperbolic Riemann surface is a complex analytic variety which has a hyperkahler metric on its smooth locus. As such it has several associated symmetry groups including the group of complex analytic automorphisms and the group of isometries. I will discuss the classification of these and some other related groups.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
2 February 2015
14:15
Weiyi Zhang
Abstract

Kodaira dimension provides a very successful classification scheme for complex manifolds. The notion was extended to symplectic 4-manifolds. In this talk, we will define the Kodaira dimension for 3-manifolds through Thurston’s eight geometries. This is compatible with other Kodaira dimensions in the sense of “additivity”. This idea could be extended to dimension 4. Finally, we will see how it is sitting in a potential classification of 4-manifolds by exploring its relations with various Kodaira dimensions and other invariants like Gromov norm.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
26 January 2015
14:15
Frederik Witt
Abstract

Hitchin's existence theorem asserts that a stable Higgs bundle of rank two carries a unitary connection satisfying Hitchin's self-duality equation. In this talk we discuss a new proof, via gluing methods, for
elements in the ends of the Higgs bundle moduli space and identify a dense open subset of the boundary of the compactification of this moduli space.
 

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar

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