Past Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

9 June 2016
16:00
Aurelio Carlucci
Abstract

Donaldson-Thomas theory was born as a mean to attach to Calabi-Yau 3-manifolds integers, invariant under small deformation of the complex structure. Subsequent evolutions have replaced integers with cohomological invariants, more flexible and with a broader range of applicable cases.

This talk is meant to be a gentle induction to the topic. We start with an introduction on virtual fundamental classes, and how they relate to deformation and obstruction spaces of a moduli space; then we pass on to the Calabi-Yau 3-dimensional case, stressing how some homological conditions are essential and can lead to generalisation. First we describe the global construction using virtual fundamental classes, then the local approach via the Behrend function and the virtual Euler characteristic.
We introduce quivers with potential, which provide a profitable framework in which to build DT-theory, as they are a source of moduli spaces locally presented as degeneracy loci. Finally, we overview the problem of categorification, introducing the DT-sheaf and showing how it relates to the numerical invariants.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
2 June 2016
16:00
Maxence Mayrand
Abstract

Abstract: A hyperkähler manifold is a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ with three complex structures $I,J,K$ satisfying the quaternion relations, i.e. $I^2=J^2=K^2=IJK=-1$, and such that $(M,g)$ is Kähler with respect to each of them. I will describe a construction due to Kronheimer which gives such a structure on the cotangent bundle of any complex reductive group.
 

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
26 May 2016
16:00
Alejandro Betancourt
Abstract

Abstract: Ricci solitons are genralizations of Einstein metrics which have become subject of much interest over the last decade. In this talk I will give a basic introduction to these metrics and discuss how to reformulate the Ricci soliton equation as a Hamiltonian system assuming some symmetry conditions. Using this approach we will construct explicit solutions to the soliton equation for manifolds of dimension 5.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
10 March 2016
16:00
Jack Kelly
Abstract

In this talk I will give several perspectives on the role of
quasi-abelian categories in analytic geometry. In particular, I will 
explain why a certain completion of the category of Banach spaces is a
convenient setting for studying sheaves of topological vector spaces on
complex manifolds. Time permitting, I will also argue why this category
may be a good candidate for a functor of points approach to (derived)
analytic geometry.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

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