Past Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

4 December 2008
12:00
Roberto Rubio
Abstract
We introduce the notion of $G$-Higgs bundle from studying the representations of the fundamental group of a closed connected oriented surface $X$ in a Lie group $G$. If $G$ turns to be the isometry group of a Hermitian symmetric space, much more can be said about the moduli space of $G$-Higgs bundles, but this also implies dealing with exceptional cases. We will try to face all these subjects intuitively and historically, when possible!
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
27 November 2008
12:00
Martijn Kool
Abstract
In this talk I will discuss some elementary notions of deformation theory in algebraic geometry like Schlessinger's Criterion. I will describe obstructions and deformations of sheaves in detail and will point out relations to moduli spaces of sheaves.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
20 November 2008
12:00
Alan Thompson
Abstract
Fibrations are a valuable tool in the study of the geometry of higher dimensional algebraic varieties. By expressing a higher dimensional variety as a fibration by lower dimensional varieties, we can deduce much about its properties. Whilst the theory of elliptic fibrations is very well developed, fibrations by higher dimensional varieties, especially K3 surfaces, are only just beginning to be studied. In this talk I study a special case of the K3-fibration, where the general fibres admit a <2>-polarisation and the base of the fibration is a nonsingular curve.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
13 November 2008
12:00
Spiro Karigiannis
Abstract
I will give a survey-type introduction to manifolds equipped with $G_2$ structures, emphasizing the similarities and differences with Riemannian manifolds equipped with almost complex structures, and with oriented Riemannian 3-manifolds. Along the way I may discuss the Berger classification of Riemannian holonomy, the Calabi-Yau theorem, exceptional geometric structures arising from the algebra of the Octonions, and calibrated submanifolds. This talk is the second of two parts.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
6 November 2008
12:00
Spiro Karigiannis
Abstract
I will give a survey-type introduction to manifolds equipped with $G_2$ structures, emphasizing the similarities and differences with Riemannian manifolds equipped with almost complex structures, and with oriented Riemannian 3-manifolds. Along the way I may discuss the Berger classification of Riemannian holonomy, the Calabi-Yau theorem, exceptional geometric structures arising from the algebra of the Octonions, and calibrated submanifolds. This talk will be in two parts.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

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