Cohomological Field Theories (CohFTs) were introduced to keep track of the classes on the moduli spaces of curves defined by Gromov-Witten theories and their cousins. I will define CohFTs (following Kontsevich-Manin), explain the classification in the semisimple case of Givental-Teleman, and discuss the application to Pixton's relations which appear in the first lecture.
The Chabauty method is a remarkable tool which employs p-adic analitic methods (in particular Colman integration.) To study rational points on curves. However the method can be applied only when the genus of the curve in question is larger than its Mordell-Weil rank. Kim developed a sophisticated "nonableian" generalisation.
We shall present the classical methid, and give an approachable introduction to Kim's method.
I'm basically going to follow http://math.mit.edu/nt/old/stage_s18.html
Abstract: I will discuss applications of algebraic results to combinatorics, focusing in particular on Lefschetz theorem, Decomposition theorem and Hodge Riemann relations. Secondly, I will discuss proving these results combinatorially, using a technique by McMullen and extended by de Cataldo and Migliorini. Finally, I will discuss Lefschetz type theorems beyond positivity.
Recommended prerequisites: basic commutative algebra
Abstract: Modular forms are historically the first example of automorphic
forms, and are still studied today as they have many applications. In
this talk I want to introduce modular forms, give some examples, and, if
time permits, explain the connection to elliptic curves, objects we
already met in the first lecture.
I will explain how calculations of various natural classes on the moduli of curves fit into the CohFT framework. These include calculations related to Hilbert schemes of points, Verlinde bundles, and, if time permits, double ramification (DR) cycles.
Let $\alpha, \beta$ be elements of infinite order in the circle group. A closed set K in the circle is called an \alpha \beta set if for every x\in K either x+\alpha \in K or x+\beta \in K. In 1979 Katznelson proved that there exist non-dense \alpha \beta sets, and that there exist \alpha \beta sets of arbitrarily small Hausdorff dimension. We shall discuss this result, and a more recent result of Feng and Xiong, showing that the lower box dimension of every \alpha \beta set is at least 1/2.
Krieger’s generator theorem shows that any free invertible ergodic measure preserving action (Y,\mu, S) can be modelled by A^Z (equipped with the shift action) provided the natural entropy constraint is satisfied; we call such systems (here it is A^Z) universal. Along with Tom Meyerovitch, we establish general specification like conditions under which Z^d-dynamical systems are universal. These conditions are general enough to prove that
1) A self-homeomorphism with almost weak specification on a compact metric space (answering a question by Quas and Soo)