Topology & Geometry

The Topology & Geometry seminar meets on Tuesdays at 13:00 at room 70 in the Ross Building.
2018 Jun 19

T&G: Yaron Ostrover (Tel Aviv), Quantitative symplectic geometry in the classical phase space.

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
We shall discuss several topics regarding symplectic measurements in the classical phase space. In particular: Viterbo's volume-capacity conjecture and its relation with Mahler conjecture, the symplectic size of random convex bodies, the EHZ capacity of convex polytopes (following the work of Pazit Haim-Kislev), and (if time permits) also computational complexity aspects of estimating symplectic capacities.
2018 Jun 12

T&G: Sara Tukachinsky (IAS), An enhanced quantum product and its associativity relation

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
Open Gromov-Witten (OGW) invariants count pseudoholomorphic maps from a Riemann surface with boundary to a symplectic manifold, with constraints that make sure the moduli space of solutions is zero dimensional. In joint work with J. Solomon (2016-2017), we defined OGW invariants in genus zero under cohomological conditions. In this talk, also based on joint work with J. Solomon, I will describe a family of PDEs satisfied by the generating function of our invariants. We call this family the open WDVV equations.
2018 May 22

T&G: Elisheva Adina Gamse (Toronto), The moduli space of parabolic vector bundles over a Riemann surface

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
Let $\Sigma$ be a Riemann surface of genus $g \geq 2$, and p be a point on $\Sigma$. We define a space $S_g(t)$ consisting of certain irreducible representations of the fundamental group of $\Sigma \setminus p$, modulo conjugation by SU(n). This space has interpretations in algebraic geometry, gauge theory and topological quantum field theory; in particular if Σ has a Kahler structure then $S_g(t)$ is the moduli space of parabolic vector bundles of rank n over Σ.
2018 May 29

T&G: Tristan Collins (Harvard), Geometric flows and algebraic geometry

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
I will discuss the inverse Monge-Ampere flow and its applications to the existence, and non-existence, of Kahler-Einstein metrics. To motivate this discussion I will first describe the classical theory of the Donaldson heat flow on a Riemann surface, and its relationship with the Harder-Narasimhan filtration of an unstable vector bundle.
2018 May 15

T&G: Yael Karshon (Toronto), Old fashioned geometric quantization

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
I will review the Kostant-Souriau geometric quantization procedure for passing from functions on a symplectic manifold (classical observables) to operators on a Hilbert space (quantum observables). With the "half-form correction" that is required in this procedure, one cannot quantize a complex projective space of even complex dimension, and one cannot equivariantly quantize the two-sphere nor any symplectic toric manifold. I will present a geometric quantization procedure that uses metaplectic-c structures to incorporate the half-form correction into the earlier
2018 May 08

T&G: Amitai Yuval (Hebrew University), The Hodge decomposition theorem for manifolds with boundary

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Buildling, Jerusalem, Israel
The Hodge decomposition theorem is the climax of a beautiful theory involving geometry, analysis and topology, which has far-reaching implications in various fields. I will present the Hodge decomposition in compact Riemannian manifolds, with or without boundary. The non-empty-boundary case is more interesting, as it requires the formulation of an appropriate boundary condition. As it turns out, the Hodge-Laplacian has two different elliptic boundary conditions generalizing the classical Dirichlet and Neumann conditions, respectively.
2018 Apr 24

T&G: Anton Khoroshkin (HSE), Compactified moduli spaces of rational curves with marked points as homotopy quotients of operads

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 63, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
I will explain the notion of a homotopy quotient of an operad providing different examples of operads of compactified moduli spaces of genus zero curves with marked points: including the space of complex curves (math.arXiv:1206.3749), the real loci of the complex one (arXiv:math/0507514) and the noncommutative …
2018 Apr 10

T&G: Jesse Kass (University of South Carolina), How to count lines on a cubic surface arithmetically

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Location: 

Room 110, Manchester Building, Jerusalem, Israel

Salmon and Cayley proved the celebrated 19th century result that a smooth cubic surface over the complex numbers contains exactly 27 lines.  By contrast, the count over the real numbers depends on the surface, and these possible counts were classified by Segre.  A number of researchers have recently made the striking observation that Segre’s work shows a certain signed count is always 3.  In my talk, I will explain how to extend this result to an arbitrary field.
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.
2017 Jun 13

Topology and Geometry Seminar: Alexander Caviedes Castro (Tel-Aviv University), "Symplectic capacities and Cayley graphs"

1:00pm to 1:50pm

Location: 

Ross 70A
Abstract: The Gromov non-squeezing theorem in symplectic geometry states that is not possible to embed symplectically a ball into a cylinder of smaller radius, although this can be done with a volume preserving embedding. Hence, the biggest radius of a ball that can be symplectically embedded into a symplectic manifold can be used as a way to measure the "symplectic size'' of the manifold. We call the square of this radius times the number \pi the Gromov width of the symplectic manifold. The Gromov width as a symplectic invariant is extended through the notion of "Symplectic Capacity".
2017 Nov 28

T&G: Benjamin Ackermann (Hebrew University), Kodaira's embedding theorem

12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: 

Room 70A, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
In this talk we present a proof of the Kodaira's theorem that gives a sufficient condition on the existence of an embedding of a Kahler manifold into CPn. This proof is based on the Kodaira Vanishing theorem, using a sheaf-cohomological translation of the embedding conditions. לאירוע הזה יש שיחת וידאו. הצטרף: https://meet.google.com/mcs-bwxr-iza

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