Colloquium: Andrei Okounkov (Columbia) - "Catching monodromy"

Thu, 11/01/201814:30-15:30
Manchester Building (Hall 2), Hebrew University Jerusalem
Monodromy of linear differential and difference equations is a very old and classical object, which may be seen as a far-reaching generalization of the exponential map of a Lie group. While general properties of this map may studied abstractly, for certain very special equations of interest in enumerative geometry, representation theory, and also mathematical physics, it is possible to describe the monodromy "explicitly", in certain geometric and algebraic terms. I will explain one such recent set of ideas, following joint work with M. Aganagic and R. Bezrukavnikov. The talk will be aimed at a broad audience and omit the discussion of advanced topics such as the categorification of these monodromy groups. People interested in advanced topics may want to attend the lectures at the Midrasha this week.