Mirror symmetry without localisation

13 May 2014
<p><span>Mirror Symmetry predicts a surprising relationship between the virtual numbers of degree-d rational curves in a target space X and variations of Hodge structure on a different space X’, called the mirror to X. &nbsp;Concretely, it predicts that one can compute genus-zero Gromov–Witten invariants (which are the virtual numbers of rational curves) in terms of hypergeometric functions (which are the solutions to a differential equation that controls the variation of Hodge structure). &nbsp;Existing proofs of this rely on beautiful but fearsomely complicated localization calculations in equivariant cohomology. &nbsp;I will describe a new proof of the Mirror Theorem, for a broad range of target spaces X, which is much simpler and more conceptual. This is joint work with Cristina Manolache.</span></p>
  • Algebraic and Symplectic Geometry Seminar