# Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2017

The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in Van Vleck B113.

Here is the schedule for the previous semester.

## Contents

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## Spring 2017 Schedule

date | speaker | title | host(s) |
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January 20 | Sam Raskin (MIT) | W-algebras and Whittaker categories | Dima |

January 27 | Nick Salter (U Chicago) | Mapping class groups and the monodromy of some families of algebraic curves | Jordan |

March 31 | Jie Zhou (Perimeter Institute) | TBA | Andrei |

April 7 | Vladimir Dokchitser (Warwick) | TBA | Jordan |

## Abstracts

### Sam Raskin

**W-algebras and Whittaker categories**

Affine W-algebras are a somewhat complicated family of (topological) associative algebras associated with a semisimple Lie algebra, quantizing functions on the algebraic loop space of Kostant's slice. They have attracted a great deal of attention because of Feigin-Frenkel's duality theorem for them, which identifies W-algebras for a Lie algebra and for its Langlands dual through a subtle construction.

The purpose of this talk is threefold: 1) to introduce a ``stratification" of the category of modules for the affine W-algebra, 2) to prove an analogue of Skryabin's equivalence in this setting, realizing the categoryof (discrete) modules over the W-algebra in a more natural way, and 3) to explain how these constructions help understand Whittaker categories in the more general setting of local geometric Langlands. These three points all rest on the same geometric observation, which provides a family of affine analogues of Bezrukavnikov-Braverman-Mirkovic. These results lead to a new understanding of the exactness properties of the quantum Drinfeld-Sokolov functor.

### Nick Salter

**Mapping class groups and the monodromy of some families of algebraic curves**

In this talk we will be concerned with some topological questions arising in the study of families of smooth complex algebraic curves. Associated to any such family is a monodromy representation valued in the mapping class group of the underlying topological surface. The induced action on the cohomology of the fiber has been studied for decades- the more refined topological monodromy is largely unexplored. In this talk, I will discuss some theorems concerning the topological monodromy groups of families of smooth plane curves, as well as families of curves in CP^1 x CP^1. This will involve a blend of algebraic geometry, singularity theory, and the mapping class group, particularly the Torelli subgroup.