Spectral Networks and Abelianization

12 June 2014
16:00
Omar Kidwai
Abstract
Spectral networks are certain collections of paths on a Riemann surface, introduced by Gaiotto, Moore, and Neitzke to study BPS states in certain N=2 supersymmetric gauge theories. They are interesting geometric objects in their own right, with a number of mathematical applications. In this talk I will give an introduction to what a spectral network is, and describe the "abelianization map" which, given a spectral network, produces nice "spectral coordinates" on the appropriate moduli space of flat connections. I will show that coordinates obtained in this way include a variety of previously known special cases (Fock-Goncharov coordinates and Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates), and mention at least one reason why generalising them in this way is of interest.
  • Junior Geometry and Topology Seminar