Past Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

29 May 2014
16:00
Thomas Wasserman
Abstract
Topological insulators are a type of system in condensed matter physics that exhibit a robustness that physicists like to call topological. In this talk I will give a definition of a subclass of such systems: gapped, free fermions. We will look at how such systems, as shown by Kitaev, can be classified in terms of topological K-groups by using the Clifford module model for K-theory as introduced by Atiyah, Bott and Shapiro. I will be using results from Wednesday's JTGT, where I'll give a quick introduction to topological K-theory.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
8 May 2014
16:00
Lucas Branco
Abstract
Since their introduction in the context of symplectic geometry, moment maps and symplectic quotients have been generalized in many different directions. In this talk I plan to give an introduction to the notions of hyperkähler moment map and hyperkähler quotient through two examples, apparently very different, but related by the so called ADHM construction of instantons; the moduli space of instantons and a space of complex matrices arising from monads.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
1 May 2014
16:00
Jakob Blaavand
Abstract

The first half of this talk will be an introduction to the wonderful world of Higgs bundles. The last half concerns Fourier--Mukai transforms, and we will discuss how to merge the two concepts by constructing a Fourier--Mukai transform for Higgs bundles. Finally we will discuss some properties of this transform. We will along the way discuss why you would want to transform Higgs bundles.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
13 March 2014
16:00
Roland Grinis
Abstract
I plan to give a non technical introduction (i.e. no prerequisites required apart basic differential geometry) to some analytic aspects of the theory of harmonic maps between Riemannian manifolds, motivate it by briefly discussing some relations to other areas of geometry (like minimal submanifolds, string topology, symplectic geometry, stochastic geometry...), and finish by talking about the heat flow approach to the existence theory of harmonic maps with some open problems related to my research.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
6 March 2014
16:00
Emanuele Ghedin
Abstract
Following last week's talk on Beilinson-Bernstein localisation theorem, we give basic notions in deformation quantisation explaining how this theorem can be interpreted as a quantised version of the Springer resolution. Having attended last week's talk will be useful but not necessary.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
28 February 2014
16:00
Carmelo Di Natale
Abstract

In the sixties Griffiths constructed a holomorphic map, known as the local period map, which relates the classification of smooth projective varieties to the associated Hodge structures. Fiorenza and Manetti have recently described it in terms of Schlessinger's deformation functors and, together with Martinengo, have started to look at it in the context of Derived Deformation Theory. In this talk we propose a rigorous way to lift such an extended version of Griffiths period map to a morphism of derived deformation functors and use this to construct a period morphism for global derived stacks.

  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar
28 February 2014
14:30
Emily Cliff
Abstract
A universal D-module of dimension n is a rule assigning to every family of smooth $n$-dimensional varieties a family of D-modules, in a compatible way. This seems like a huge amount of data, but it turns out to be entirely determined by its value over a single formal disc. We begin by recalling (or perhaps introducing) the notion of a D-module, and proceed to define the category $M_n$ of universal D-modules. Following Beilinson and Drinfeld we define the Gelfand-Kazhdan structure over a smooth variety (or family of varieties) of dimension $n$, and use it to build examples of universal D-modules and to exhibit a correspondence between $M_n$ and the category of modules over the group-scheme of continuous automorphisms of formal power series in $n$ variables
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar

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