Past Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

21 January 2010
13:30
Steven Rayan
Abstract
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME FOR THIS WEEK: 13.30 instead of 12. In the first of two talks, I will simultaneously introduce the notion of a co-Higgs vector bundle and the notion of the spectral curve associated to a compact Riemann surface equipped with a vector bundle and some extra data. I will try to put these ideas into both a historical context and a contemporary one. As we delve deeper, the emphasis will be on using spectral curves to better understand a particular moduli space.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
10 December 2009
12:00
Abstract
We will begin by reviewing the construction of the symplectic quotient and the definition of the Kirwan map. Then we will give an overview of Kirwan's original proof of the surjectivity of this map and some generalizations of this result. Finally we will talk about the techniques that are being developed to construct right inverses for the Kirwan map.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
3 December 2009
12:00
Martijn Kool
Abstract
Extending work of Klyachko, we give a combinatorial description of pure equivariant sheaves on a nonsingular projective toric variety X and construct moduli spaces of such sheaves. These moduli spaces are explicit and combinatorial in nature. Subsequently, we consider the moduli space M of all Gieseker stable sheaves on X and describe its fixed point locus in terms of the moduli spaces of pure equivariant sheaves on X. Using torus localisation, one can then compute topological invariants of M. We consider the case X=S is a toric surface and compute generating functions of Euler characteristics of M. In case of torsion free sheaves, one can study wall-crossing phenomena and in case of pure dimension 1 sheaves one can verify, in examples, a conjecture of Katz relating Donaldson--Thomas invariants and Gopakumar--Vafa invariants.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
26 November 2009
12:00
Ana Ferreira
Abstract
We will present a self-contained introduction to gauge theory, self-duality and instanton moduli spaces. We will analyze in detail the situation of charge 1 instantons for the 4-sphere when the gauge group is SU(2). Time permitting, we will also mention the ADHM construction for k-instantons.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
19 November 2009
12:00
Richard Wade
Abstract
We describe John Stalling's method of studying finitely generated free groups via graphs and moves on graphs called folds. We will then discuss how the theory can be extended to study the automorphism group of a finitely generated free group.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
12 November 2009
12:00
Tom Baird
Abstract
I will survey the theory of quasiHamiltonian spaces, a.k.a. group valued moment maps. In rough correspondence with historical development, I will first show how they emerge from the study of loop group representations, and then how they arise as a special case of "presymplectic realizations" in Dirac geometry.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
5 November 2009
12:00
Abstract
The spectrum of the integers is an affine scheme which number theorists would like to complete to a projective scheme, adding a point at infinity. We will list some reasons for wanting to do this, then gather some hints about what properties the completed object might have. In particular it seems that the desired object can only exist in some setting extending traditional algebraic geometry. We will then present the proposals of Durov and Shai Haran for such extended settings and the compactifications they construct. We will explain the close relationship between both and, if time remains, relate them to a third compactification in a third setting, proposed by Toen and Vaquie.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
29 October 2009
12:00
George Raptis
Abstract
The talk is about the homotopy type of configuration spaces. Once upon a time there was a conjecture that it is a homotopy invariant of closed manifolds. I will discuss the strong evidence supporting this claim, together with its recent disproof by a counterexample. Then I will talk about the corrected version of the original conjecture.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
22 October 2009
12:00
Alan Thompson
Abstract
A <2>-polarised K3 surface admits an embedding into weighted projective space defined by its polarisation. Let X be a family of such surfaces, then one can construct a projective model W of X such that the map from X to W realises this embedding on the general fibre. This talk considers what happens to W when we allow the fibres of the family X to degenerate.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

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