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''Intersection Space Methods and Their Application to Equivariant Cohomology, String Theory, and Mirror Symmetry.''
 
''Intersection Space Methods and Their Application to Equivariant Cohomology, String Theory, and Mirror Symmetry.''
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Using homotopy theoretic methods, we shall associate to certain classes of
 
Using homotopy theoretic methods, we shall associate to certain classes of
 
singular spaces generalized geometric Poincaré complexes called intersection
 
singular spaces generalized geometric Poincaré complexes called intersection

Revision as of 10:02, 7 October 2010

Fall 2010

The seminar will be held in room B901 of Van Vleck Hall on Fridays from 1:20pm - 2:10pm

date speaker title host(s)
September 10 Yong-Geun Oh (UW Madison)

Counting embedded curves in Calabi-Yau threefolds and Gopakumar-Vafa invariants

local
September 17 Leva Buhovsky (U of Chicago)

On the uniqueness of Hofer's geometry

Yong-Geun
September 24 Leonid Polterovich (Tel Aviv U and U of Chicago)

Poisson brackets and symplectic invariants

Yong-Geun
October 8 Sean Paul (UW Madison)

Canonical Kahler metrics and the stability of projective varieties

local
October 15 Conan Leung (Chinese U. of Hong Kong)

TBA

Honorary fellow, local
October 22 Markus Banagl (U. Heidelberg)

Intersection Space Methods and Their Application to Equivariant Cohomology, String Theory, and Mirror Symmetry

Maxim
October 29 Ke Zhu (U of Minnesota)

TBA

Yong-Geun
November 5 Sergei Tabachnikov (Penn State)

TBA

Gloria
January 21 Mohammed Abouzaid (Clay Institute & MIT)

TBA

Yong-Geun

Abstracts

Yong-Geun Oh (UW Madison)

Counting embedded curves in Calabi-Yau threefolds and Gopakumar-Vafa invariants

Gopakumar-Vafa BPS invariant is some integer counting invariant of the cohomology of D-brane moduli spaces in string theory. In relation to the Gromov-Witten theory, it is expected that the invariant would coincide with the `number' of embedded (pseudo)holomorphic curves (Gopakumar-Vafa conjecture). In this talk, we will explain the speaker's recent result that the latter integer invariants can be defined for a generic choice of compatible almost complex structures. We will also discuss the corresponding wall-crossing phenomena and some open questions towards a complete solution to the Gopakumar-Vafa conjecture.

Leva Buhovsky (U of Chicago)

On the uniqueness of Hofer's geometry

In this talk we address the question whether Hofer's metric is unique among the Finsler-type bi-invariant metrics on the group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms. The talk is based on a recent joint work with Yaron Ostrover.

Leonid Polterovich (Tel Aviv U and U of Chicago)

Poisson brackets and symplectic invariants

We discuss new invariants associated to collections of closed subsets of a symplectic manifold. These invariants are defined through an elementary variational problem involving Poisson brackets. The proof of non-triviality of these invariants requires methods of modern symplectic topology (Floer theory). We present applications to approximation theory on symplectic manifolds and to Hamiltonian dynamics. The talk is based on a work in progress with Lev Buhovsky and Michael Entov.

Sean Paul (UW Madison)

Canonical Kahler metrics and the stability of projective varieties"

I will give a survey of my own work on this problem, the basic reference is: http://arxiv.org/pdf/0811.2548v3

Conan Leung (Chinese U. of Hong Kong)

TBA

Markus Banagl (U. Heidelberg)

Intersection Space Methods and Their Application to Equivariant Cohomology, String Theory, and Mirror Symmetry.

Using homotopy theoretic methods, we shall associate to certain classes of singular spaces generalized geometric Poincaré complexes called intersection spaces. Their cohomology is generally not isomorphic to intersection cohomology. In this talk, we shall concentrate on the applications of the new cohomology theory to the equivariant real cohomology of isometric actions of torsionfree discrete groups, to type II string theory and D-branes, and to the relation of the new theory to classical intersection cohomology under mirror symmetry.

Ke Zhu (U of Minnesota)

TBA

Sergei Tabachnikov (Penn State)

TBA

Mohammed Abouzaid (Clay Institute & MIT)

TBA