Forthcoming events in this series

### Symmetries in monotone Lagrangian Floer theory

## Abstract

Lagrangian Floer cohomology groups are extremely hard compute in most situations. In this talk I’ll describe two ways to extract information about the self-Floer cohomology of a monotone Lagrangian possessing certain kinds of symmetry, based on the closed-open string map and the Oh spectral sequence. The focus will be on a particular family of examples, where the techniques can be combined to deduce some unusual properties.

### On Short Time Existence of Lagrangian Mean Curvature Flow

## Abstract

The goal of this talk will be to give an overview of recent work, joint with Kim Moore, on a short time existence problem in Lagrangian mean curvature flow. More specifically, we consider a compact initial Lagrangian submanifold with a finite number of singularities, each asymptotic to a pair of transversely intersecting planes. We show it is possible to construct a smooth Lagrangian mean curvature flow, existing for positive times, that attains the singular Lagrangian as its initial condition in a suitable weak sense. The construction uses a family of smooth solutions whose initial conditions approximate the singular Lagrangian. In order to appeal to compactness theorems and produce the desired solution, it is necessary to first establish uniform curvature estimates on the approximating family. As time allows I hope to focus in particular on the proof of these estimates, and their role in the proof of the main theorem.

### Uniruling of symplectic quotients of coisotropic submanifolds

## Abstract

Coisotropic submanifolds arise naturally in symplectic geometry as level sets of moment maps and in algebraic geometry in the context of normal crossing divisors. In examples, the Marsden-Weinstein quotient or (Fano) complete intersections are often uniruled.

We show that under natural geometric assumptions on a coisotropic submanifold, the symplectic quotient of the coisotropic is always geometrically uniruled.

I will explain how to assign a Lagrangian and a hypersurface to a fibered, stable coisotropic C. The Lagrangian inherits a fibre bundle structure from C, the hypersurface captures the generalised Reeb dynamics on C. To derive the result, we then adapt and apply techniques from Lagrangian Floer theory and symplectic field theory.

This is joint work with Jonny Evans.

### Limits of Yang-Mills alpha-connections

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### Gopakumar-Vafa type invariants for Calabi-Yau 4-folds

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### (COW seminar) Gopakumar-Vafa invariants via vanishing cycles

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Given a Calabi-Yau threefold X, one can count curves on X using various approaches, for example using stable maps or ideal sheaves; for any curve class on X, this produces an infinite sequence of invariants, indexed by extra discrete data (e.g. by the domain genus of a stable map). Conjecturally, however, this sequence is determined by only a finite number of integer invariants, known as Gopakumar-Vafa invariants. In this talk, I will propose a direct definition of these invariants via sheaves of vanishing cycles, building on earlier approaches of Kiem-Li and Hosono-Saito-Takahashi. Conjecturally, these should agree with the invariants as defined by stable maps. I will also explain how to prove the conjectural correspondence for irreducible curves on local surfaces. This is joint work with Yukinobu Toda.

### (COW seminar) Strange duality on abelian surfaces

## Abstract

With the purpose of examining some relevant geometric properties of the moduli space of sheaves over an algebraic surface, Le Potier conjectured some unexpected duality between the complete linear series of certain natural divisors, called Theta divisors, on the moduli space. Such conjecture is widely known as Strange Duality conjecture. After having motivated the problem by looking at certain instances of quantization in physics, we will work in the setting of surfaces. We will then sketch the proof in the case of abelian surfaces, giving an idea of the techniques that are used. In particular, we will show how the theory of discrete Heisenberg groups and fiber wise Fourier-Mukai transforms, which might be applied to other cases of interest, enter the picture. This is joint work with Alina Marian, Dragos Opera and Kota Yoshioka.

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### Local cohomology and canonical stratification

## Abstract

Every finite regular CW complex is, ipso facto, a cohomologically stratified space when filtered by skeleta. We outline a method to recover the canonical (i.e., coarsest possible) stratification of such a complex that is compatible with its underlying cell structure. Our construction proceeds by first localizing and then resolving a complex of cosheaves which capture local cohomology at every cell. The result is a sequence of categories whose limit recovers the desired strata via its (isomorphism classes of) objects. As a bonus, we observe that the entire process is algorithmic and amenable to efficient computations!

### Tropical compactifications, Mori Dream Spaces and Minkowski bases

## Abstract

Given a Mori Dream Space X, we construct via tropicalisation a model dominating all the small Q-factorial modifications of X. Via this construction we recover a Minkowski basis for the Newton-Okounkov bodies of Cartier divisors on X and hence generators of the movable cone of X.

This is joint work with Stefano Urbinati.

### Group actions on quiver moduli spaces

## Abstract

We consider two types of actions on moduli spaces of quiver representations over a field k and we decompose their fixed loci using group cohomology. First, for a perfect field k, we study the action of the absolute Galois group of k on the points of this quiver moduli space valued in an algebraic closure of k; the fixed locus is the set of k-rational points and we obtain a decomposition of this fixed locus indexed by the Brauer group of k. Second, we study algebraic actions of finite groups of quiver automorphisms on these moduli spaces; the fixed locus is decomposed using group cohomology and each component has a modular interpretation. If time permits, we will describe the symplectic and holomorphic geometry of these fixed loci in hyperkaehler quiver varieties. This is joint work with Florent Schaffhauser.

### Quantum character varieties and the double affine Hecke algebra

## Abstract

The character variety of a manifold is a moduli space of representations of its fundamental group into some fixed gauge group. In this talk I will outline the construction of a fully extended topological field theory in dimension 4, which gives a uniform functorial quantization of the character varieties of low-dimensional manifolds, when the gauge group is reductive algebraic (e.g. $GL_N$).

I'll focus on important examples in representation theory arising from the construction, in genus 1: spherical double affine Hecke algebras (DAHA), difference-operator q-deformations of the Grothendieck-Springer sheaf, and the construction of irreducible DAHA modules mimicking techniques in classical geometric representation theory. The general constructions are joint with David Ben-Zvi, Adrien Brochier, and Noah Snyder, and applications to representation theory of DAHA are joint with Martina Balagovic and Monica Vazirani.

### Universal flops and noncommutative algebras

## Abstract

A classification of simple flops on smooth threefolds in terms of the length invariant was given by Katz and Morrison, who showed that the length must take the value 1,2,3,4,5, or 6. This classification was produced by understanding simultaneous (partial) resolutions that occur in the deformation theory of A, D, E Kleinian surface singularities. An outcome of this construction is that all simple threefold flops of length l occur by pullback from a "universal flop" of length l. Curto and Morrison understood the universal flops of length 1 and 2 using matrix factorisations. I aim to describe how these universal flops can understood for lengths >2 via noncommutative algebra.

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### The universal property of derived geometry

## Abstract

I'll show how a simple universal property attaches a category of derived manifolds to any category with finite products and some suitable notion of "topology". Starting with the category of real Euclidean spaces and infinitely differentiable maps yields the category of derived smooth manifolds studied by D. Spivak and others, while starting with affine spaces over some ring and polynomial maps produces a flavour of the derived algebraic geometry of Lurie and Toen-Vezzosi.

I'll motivate this from the differentiable setting by showing that the universal property easily implies all of D. Spivak's axioms for being "good for intersection theory on manifolds".

### On short time existence of Lagrangian mean curvature flow

## Abstract

One of the simplest, and yet largely still open, questions that one can ask about special Lagrangian submanifolds is whether they exist in a given homology class. One possible approach to this problem is to evolve a given Lagrangian submanifold under mean curvature flow in the hope of reaching a special Lagrangian submanifold in the same homology class. It is known, however, that even for 'nice' initial conditions the flow will develop singularities in finite time.

I will talk about a joint work with Tom Begley, in which we prove a short time existence result for Lagrangian mean curvature flow, where the initial condition is a Lagrangian submanifold of complex Euclidean space with a certain type of singularity. This is a first step to proving, as conjectured by Joyce, that one may 'continue' Lagrangian mean curvature flow after the occurrence of singularities.

### The Cohomological McKay Correspondence and Symplectic Cohomology

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Suppose that we have a finite quotient singularity $\mathbb C^n/G$ admitting a crepant resolution $Y$ (i.e. a resolution with $c_1 = 0$). The cohomological McKay correspondence says that the cohomology of $Y$ has a basis given by irreducible representations of $G$ (or conjugacy classes of $G$). Such a result was proven by Batyrev when the coefficient field $\mathbb F$ of the cohomology group is $\mathbb Q$. We give an alternative proof of the cohomological McKay correspondence in some cases by computing symplectic cohomology+ of $Y$ in two different ways. This proof also extends the result to all fields $\mathbb F$ whose characteristic does not divide $|G|$ and it gives us the corresponding basis of conjugacy classes in $H^*(Y)$. We conjecture that there is an extension to certain non-crepant resolutions. This is joint work with Alex Ritter.

### The Bayer-Macri map for compact support

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I'll discuss recent joint work with Arend Bayer and Ziyu Zhang in which we define a nef divisor class on moduli spaces of Bridgeland-stable objects in the derived category of coherent sheaves with compact support, generalising earlier work of Bayer and Macri for smooth projective varieties. This work forms part of a programme to study the birational geometry of moduli spaces of Bridgeland-stable objects in the derived category of varieties that need not be smooth and projective.

### Towards a compactification of the moduli space of K3 surfaces of degree 2

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Ever since moduli spaces of polarised K3 surfaces were constructed in the 1980's, people have wondered about the question of compactification: can one make the moduli space of K3 surfaces compact by adding in some boundary components in a "nice" way? Ideally, one hopes to find a compactification that is both explicit and geometric (in the sense that the boundary components provide moduli for degenerate K3's). I will present on joint work in progress with V. Alexeev, which aims to solve the compactification problem for the moduli space of K3 surfaces of degree 2.

### A geometric approach to Hall algebras

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The Hall algebra can be constructed using the Waldhausen S-construction. We will give a systematic recipe for this and show how it extends naturally to give a bi-algebraic structure. As a result we obtain a more transparent proof of Green's theorem about the bi-algebra structure on the Hall algebra.

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### Separating invariants and local cohomology

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The study of separating invariants is a new trend in Invariant Theory and a return to its roots: invariants as a classification tool. For a finite group acting linearly on a vector space, a separating set is simply a set of invariants whose elements separate the orbits o the action. Such a set need not generate the ring of invariants. In this talk, we give lower bounds on the size of separating sets based on the geometry of the action. These results are obtained via the study of the local cohomology with support at an arrangement of linear subspaces naturally arising from the action.

(Joint with Jack Jeffries)

### (COW SEMINAR) Monodromy and derived equivalences

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This is will be a progress report on our long-ongoing joint work with Bezrukavnikov on lifting the monodromy of the quantum differential equation for symplectic resolutions to automorphisms of their derived categories of coherent sheaves. I will attempt to define the ingredient that go both into the problem and into its solution.

### (COW SEMINAR) Higgs bundles and determinant divisors

## Abstract

Following an idea of Gaiotto, a symplectic representation of a complex Lie group G defines a complex Lagrangian subvariety inside the moduli space of G-Higgs bundles. The talk will discuss the case of G=SL(2) and its link with determinant divisors, or equivalently Brill-Noether loci, in the moduli space of semistable SL(2)-bundles.

### (COW SEMINAR) Categorification of shifted symplectic geometry using perverse sheaves

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Given a (-1)-shifted symplectic derived scheme or stack (X,w) over C equipped with an orientation, we explain how to construct a perverse sheaf P on the classical truncation of X so that its hypercohomology H*(P) can be regarded as a categorification of (or linearisation of) X. Given also a Lagrangian morphism L -> X equipped with a relative orientation, we outline a programme in progress to construct a natural morphism of constructible complexes on the truncation of L from the (shifted) constant complex on L to a suitable pullback of P to L. The morphisms and resulting hypercohomology classes are expected to satisfy various identities under products, composition of Lagrangian correspondences, etc. This programme will have interesting applications, such as proving associativity of a Kontsevich-Soibelman type COHA multiplication on H*(P) when X is the derived moduli stack of coherent sheaves on a Calabi-Yau 3-fold Y, and defining Lagrangian Floer cohomology and the Fukaya cat!

egory of an algebraic or complex symplectic manifold S.