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Donaldson awarded the 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Collaboration Principal Investigator Sir Simon Donaldson, as well as Stanford’s Yakov Eliashberg, have been awarded the 2020 Wolf Prize in Mathematics

Awarded since 1978, the Wolf Prize recognizes “outstanding scientists and artists from around the world … for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among peoples.” Along with the Fields Medal and Abel Prize, it is considered the closest equivalent to a Nobel Prize in mathematics.

The prize presentation will take place at a special ceremony at the Knesset (Israel´s Parliament) in Jerusalem on June 11, 2020.

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Eleny Ionel: Lectures

01/09/2020: Counting embedded curves in 3-folds

January 9, 2020
TITLE: Counting embedded curves in 3-folds

ABSTRACT: There are several ways of counting holomorphic curves in 3-folds. Counting them as maps gives rise to the Gromov-Witten invariant, but in general, these are not integer counts due to the presence of multiple covers with symmetries. In joint work with Tom Parker we constructed an integer count of embedded curves in symplectic Calabi-Yau 3-folds. It conjecturally satisfies a finiteness property. In this talk I outline some of the ideas behind this construction, as well as some of the new ingredients that enter in extending it to the Real setting (in the presence of an anti-symplectic involution). The latter is based on joint work with Penka Georgieva.

Davesh Maulik: Lectures

01/08/2020: Stable pair invariants for Calabi-Yau 4-folds

January 8, 2020
TITLE: Stable pair invariants for Calabi-Yau 4-folds

ABSTRACT: In this talk, I’ll survey integrality conjectures for curve-counting on CY 4-folds (following Klemm-Pandharipande) and a proposal (joint with Y. Cao and Y. Toda) for how to match them with sheaf-theoretic invariants.

Tristan Rivière: Lectures

01/08/2020: Lp-bounded curvatures in high dimensions

January 8, 2020
TITLE: Lp-bounded curvatures in high dimensions

ABSTRACT: In this talk we shall be presenting some analysis aspects of gauge theory in high dimension. In the first part we will study the completion of the space of arbitrary smooth bundles and connections under Lp-control of their curvature. We will first recall the classical theory in critical dimension (i.e. p=n/2) and then move to the super-critical dimension (i.e. p<n/2). In a second part we will explain how the previous analysis can be used to study the variations of Yang-Mills lagrangian as well as the weak closure of smooth Yang-Mills Fields in arbitrary dimension. If time permits, in the last part of the talk, we will study the space of weak unitary connections over complex manifolds with 1-1 curvatures.

Tony Pantev: Lectures

01/06/2020 and 01/07/2020: Constructing shifted symplectic structures

January 6, 2020 and January 7, 2020
TITLE: Constructing shifted symplectic structures

ABSTRACT: I will explain an important extension of Hamiltonian and Quasi-Hamiltonian reduction which uses derived geometry in an essential way. This extension has a lot of built in flexibility and provides a universal construction of many known and new symplectic structures in algebraic geometry. The generalized reduction construction relies on the notion of a relative shifted symplectic structure along the stalks of a constructible sheaf of derived stacks on a stratified space. I will introduce relative shifted symplectic forms and will describe a general pushforward construction, together with explicit techniques for computing such forms. As applications I will discuss a relative lift of recent results of Shende-Takeda on moduli of objects in topological Fukaya categories, and a universal construction of symplectic structures on derived moduli of Stokes data on smooth varieties. This is a joint work with Dima Arinkin and Bertrand Toën.
Slides of Lecture 1

Slides of Lecture 2

Penka Georgieva: Lectures

01/09/2020: Real Gromov-Witten theory

January 9, 2020
TITLE: Real Gromov-Witten theory

ABSTRACT: For a symplectic manifold with an anti-symplectic involution one can consider J-holomorphic maps invariant under the involution. These maps give rise to real Gromov-Witten invariants and are related to real enumerative geometry in the same spirit as their more classical counterparts; in physics they are related to orientifold theories. In this talk I will give an overview of the developments in real Gromov-Witten theory and discuss some properties of the invariants.

Vivek Shende: Lectures

01/09/2020: Skeins on Branes

January 9, 2020
TITLE: Skeins on Branes

ABSTRACT: 30 years ago, Witten explained how the Jones polynomial and its relatives – at the time, the latest word in knot invariants – arise naturally from a certain quantum field theory. Ten years later, Ooguri and Vafa used string theory to argue that the same invariants should count holomorphic curves in a certain Calabi-Yau 3-fold. In this talk, I will explain how to understand their proposal in mathematical terms, and sketch a proof that indeed, the coefficients of the HOMFLY polynomial count holomorphic curves, and, conversely, that the skein relations of knot theory are the key ingredient in defining invariant counts of higher genus holomorphic curves with boundary. This is joint work with Tobias Ekholm.

Pavel Safronov: Lectures

January 7, 2020
TITLE: Enumerative invariants from supersymmetric twists

ABSTRACT: I will recall the notion of supersymmetric twisting to obtain a topological field theory from a supersymmetric one. I will work through some examples in dimensions 7 and 8 to explain the appearance of the problem of counting Spin(7)-instantons and G2-monopoles as well as categorified and twice-categorified Donaldson—Thomas invariants.

Albrecht Klemm: Lectures

September 11, 2019
TITLE: CY 3-folds over finite fields, Black hole attractors, and D-brane masses

ABSTRACT: The integer coefficients of the numerator of the Hasse-Weil Zeta function for one parameter Calabi-Yau 3-folds are expected to be Hecke eigenvalues of Siegel modular forms. For rigid CY 3-folds as well as at conifold — and rank two attractor points this numerator contains factors of lower degree, which can be shown to be the Hecke eigenvalues of weight two or four of modular cusp forms of \Gamma_0(N). We show that the Hecke L-function at integer arguments or more generally the periods of these modular forms give the D-brane masses as well as the value and the curvature of the Weil-Peterssen metric at the points. The coefficients of the connection matrix from the integer symplectic basis to a Frobenius basis at the conifold are given by the quasi periods of these modular forms.

Cumrun Vafa: Lectures

September 11, 2019
TITLE: G2 Structure and Physical Interpretation of Taubes Construction of SW Invariants

ABSTRACT:  In this talk I review a joint recent work with Sergio Cecotti, where we use the G_2 structure to shed light on Taubes reformulation of SW invariant for symplectic 4-manifolds in terms of Gromov invariants.