Exceptional holonomy manifolds come with certain geometric data that include a Ricci flat metric. Finding examples is therefore very difficult. The task can be made more tractable by imposing symmetry. The focus of this talk is the case of torus symmetry. For a particular rank of the torus, one gets a natural parameterisation of the orbit space in terms of so-called multi-moment maps. I will discuss aspects of the local and global geometry of these 'toric' exceptional holonomy manifolds. The talk is based on joint work with Andrew Swann.

# Past Geometry and Analysis Seminar

An 8-dimensional Riemannian manifold with holonomy group contained in Spin(7) is Ricci-flat, but not Kahler. The condition that the holonomy reduces to Spin(7) is equivalent to a complicated system of non-linear PDEs. In the non-compact setting, symmetries can be used to reduce this complexity. In the case of cohomogeneity one manifolds, i.e. where a generic orbit has codimension one, the non-linear PDE system

reduces to a nonlinear ODE system. I will discuss recent progress in the construction of 1-parameter families of complete cohomogeneity one Spin(7) holonomy metrics. All examples are asymptotically conical (AC) or asymptotically locally conical (ALC).

It is well-known that the Teichmüller space of a compact surface can be identified with a connected component of the moduli space of representations of the fundamental group of the surface in PSL(2,R). Higher Teichmüller components are generalizations of this that exist for the moduli space of representations of the fundamental group into certain real simple Lie groups of higher rank. As for the usual Teichmüller space, these components consist entirely of discrete and faithful representations. Several cases have been identified over the years. First, the Hitchin components for split groups, then the maximal Toledo invariant components for Hermitian groups, and more recently certain components for SO(p,q). In this talk, I will describe a general construction of (still somewhat conjecturally) all possible Teichmüller components, and a parametrization of them using Higgs bundles.

I will discuss the geometric interpretation of the twisted index of 3d supersymmetric gauge theories on a closed Riemann surface. In the first part of the talk, I will show that the twisted index computes the virtual Euler characteristic of the moduli space of solutions to vortex equations on the Riemann surface, which can be understood algebraically as quasi-maps to the Higgs branch. I will explain 3d N=4 mirror symmetry in this context, which implies non-trivial relations between enumerative invariants associated to these moduli spaces. Finally, I will present a wall-crossing formula for these invariants derived from the gauge theory point of view.

Morse theory has a long history with many spectacular applications in different areas of mathematics. In this talk I will explain an extension of the main theorem of Morse theory that works for a large class of functions on singular spaces. The main example to keep in mind is that of moment maps on varieties, and I will present some applications to the topology of symplectic quotients of singular spaces.

We show that homogeneous Einstein metrics on Euclidean spaces are Einstein solvmanifolds, using that they admit periodic, integrally minimal foliations by homogeneous hypersurfaces. For the geometric flow induced by the orbit-Einstein condition, we construct a Lyapunov function based on curvature estimates which come from real GIT.

McDuff and Schlenk determined when a four-dimensional symplectic ellipsoid can be symplectically embedded into a four-dimensional ball. They found that if the ellipsoid is close to round, the answer is given by an ``infinite staircase" determined by the odd index Fibonacci numbers, while if the ellipsoid is sufficiently stretched, all obstructions vanish except for the volume obstruction. Infinite staircases have also been found when embedding ellipsoids into polydisks (Frenkel - Muller, Usher) and into the ellipsoid E(2, 3) (Cristofaro-Gardiner - Kleinman). In this talk, we will see how the sharpness of ECH capacities for embedding of ellipsoids implies the existence of infinite staircases for these and three other target spaces. We will then discuss the relationship with toric varieties, lattice point counting, and the Philadelphia subway system. This is joint work with Dan Cristofaro-Gardiner, Alessia Mandini,

and Ana Rita Pires.

Conical Symplectic Resolutions form a broad family of holomorphic symplectic manifolds that are of interest to mathematical physicists, algebraic geometers, and representation theorists; Nakajima Quiver Varieties and Hypertoric Varieties are known as their special cases. In this talk, I will be focused on the Symplectic Geometry of Conical Symplectic Resolutions, and its non-symplectic applications. More precisely, I will talk about my work on finding Exact Lagrangian Submanifolds inside CSRs, and work in progress (joint with Alexander Ritter) about the construction of Symplectic Cohomology on CSRs.

The aim of this talk is to describe joint work with Gergely Berczi using a recent extension to non-reductive actions of geometric invariant theory, and its links with moment maps in symplectic geometry, to study hyperbolicity of generic hypersurfaces in a projective space. Using intersection theory for non-reductive GIT quotients applied to compactifications of bundles of invariant jet differentials over complex manifolds leads to a proof of the Green-Griffiths-Lang conjecture for a generic projective hypersurface of dimension n whose degree is greater than n^6. A recent result of Riedl and Yang then implies the Kobayashi conjecture for generic hypersurfaces of degree greater than (2n-1)^6.

In this talk we will discuss a new approach to non rationality of projective varieties based on HMS. Examples will be discussed.