Seminars

2016 Jan 06

Topology & geometry, Egor Shelukhin (IAS), "The L^p diameter of the group of area-preserving diffeomorphisms of S^2"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: We use a geometric idea to give an analytic estimate for the word-length in the pure braid group of S^2. This yields that the L^1-norm (and hence each L^p-norm, including L^2) on the group of area-preserving diffeomorphisms of S^2 is unbounded. This solves an open question arising from the work of Shnirelman and Eliashberg-Ratiu. Joint work in progress with Michael Brandenbursky.
2015 Nov 11

Topology & geometry: Cy Maor (HUJI), "Limits of elastic energies of converging Riemannian manifolds"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: An elastic energy functional of a Riemannian manifold  is a function that measures the distance of an embedding u:→ℝd from being isometric. In many applications, the manifold in consideration is actually a limit of other manifolds, that is,  is a limit of n in some sense. Assuming that we have an elastic energy functional for each n, can we obtain an energy functional of  which is a limit of the functionals of n?
2016 Feb 24

Topology & geometry, Mikhail Katz (Bar Ilan University), "Determinantal variety and bi-Lipschitz equivalence"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: The unit circle viewed as a Riemannian manifold has diameter (not 2 but rather) π, illustrating the difference between intrinsic and ambient distance. Gromov proceeded to erase the difference by pointing out that when a Riemannian manifold is embedded in L∞, the intrinsic and the ambient distances coincide in a way that is as counterintuitive as it is fruitful. Witness the results of his 1983 Filling paper.
2015 Dec 16

Topology & geometry: Yochay Jerby (HUJI), " Exceptional collections on toric Fano manifolds and the Landau-Ginzburg equations"

11:00am to 2:30pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: For a toric Fano manifold $X$ denote by $Crit(X) \subset (\mathbb{C}^{\ast})^n$ the solution scheme of the Landau-Ginzburg system of equations of $X$. Examples of toric Fano manifolds with $rk(Pic(X)) \leq 3$ which admit full strongly exceptional collections of line bundles were recently found by various authors. For these examples we construct a map $E : Crit(X) \rightarrow Pic(X)$ whose image $\mathcal{E}=\left \{ E(z) \vert z \in Crit(X) \right \}$ is a full strongly exceptional collection satisfying the M-aligned property.
2016 Mar 23

Topology & geometry, Amitai Zernik (Hebrew University), "Fixed-point Expressions for Open Gromov-Witten Invariants - overview and $A_{\infty}$ perspective"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: In this pair of talks I will discuss how to obtain fixed-point expressions for open Gromov-Witten invariants. The talks will be self-contained, and the second talk will only require a small part of the first talk, which we will review. The Atiyah-Bott localization formula has become a valuable tool for computation of symplectic invariants given in terms of integrals on the moduli spaces of closed stable maps. In contrast, the moduli spaces of open stable maps have boundary which must be taken into account in order to apply fixed-point localization. Homological perturbation
2016 Jan 20

Topology & geometry, Matan Prasma (Radboud University), "Model-categorical cotangent complex formalism"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: One of the first applications of model categories was Quillen homology. Building on the notion of Beck modules, one defines the cotangent complex of an associative or commutative (dg)-algebras as the derived functor of its abelianization. The latter is a module over the original algebra, and its homology groups are called the (Andre'-)Quillen homology. The caveat of this approach is that the cotangent complex is not defined as a functor on the category of all algebras.
2016 Mar 09

Topology & geometry, Frol Zapolsky (University of Haifa), "On the contact mapping class group of the prequantization space over the Am Milnor fiber"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: The contact mapping class group of a contact manifold V is the set of contact isotopy classes of its contactomorphisms. When V is the 2n-dimensional (n at least 2) Am Milnor fiber times the circle, with a natural contact structure, we show that the full braid group Bm+1 on m+1strands embeds into the contact mapping class group of V. We deduce that when n=2, the subgroup Pm+1 of pure braids is mapped to the part of the contact mapping class group consisting of smoothly trivial classes. This solves the contact isotopy problem for V.
2015 Dec 30

Topology & geometry, Amitai Yuval (HUJI), " Geodesics of symmetric positive Lagrangians"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: A Hamiltonian isotopy class of positive Lagrangians in an almost Calabi-Yau manifold admits a natural Riemannian metric. This metric has a Levi-Civita connection, and hence, it gives rise to a notion of geodesics. The geodesic equation is fully non-linear degenerate elliptic, and in general, it is yet unknown whether the initial value problem and boundary problem are well-posed. However, results on the existence of geodesics could shed new light on special Lagrangians, mirror symmetry and the strong Arnold conjecture.
2016 Jun 15

Topology & geometry, Vasily Dolgushev (Temple University), "The Intricate Maze of Graph Complexes"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: In the paper "Formal noncommutative symplectic geometry'', Maxim Kontsevich introduced three versions of cochain complexes GCCom, GCLie and GCAs "assembled from'' graphs with some additional structures. The graph complex GCCom (resp. GCLie, GCAs) is related to the operad Com (resp. Lie, As) governing commutative (resp. Lie, associative) algebras. Although the graphs complexes GCCom, GCLie and GCAs (and their generalizations) are easy to define, it is hard to get very much information about their cohomology spaces.
2016 Mar 02

Topology & geometry, Dmitry Tonkonog (University of Cambridge), "Monotone Lagrangian tori and cluster mutations"

11:00am to 12:45pm

Location: 

Ross building, Hebrew University (Seminar Room 70A)
Abstract: I will review a beautiful construction of an infinite collection of monotone Lagrangian tori in the projective plane (and other del Pezzo surfaces) due to Renato Vianna. These tori are obtained from a single one by a procedure called mutation, and I will talk about the wall-crossing formula which relates this geometric procedure to algebraic mutation known from cluster algebra. A proof of the wall-crossing formula is work in progress.

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