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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.
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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.

Geometry and Analysis of Moduli Spaces, Imperial College, 6-10 January 2020

Arrival Date: Sunday January 5, 2020. Departure Date: Saturday January 11, 2020.

All talks will be at Huxley Bldg 140.  [ click for map ]

Registration and coffee/tea are in the Huxley 5th floor common room.

Scientific Organizers: Dominic Joyce joyce@maths.ox.ac.uk, Aleksander Doan doan@math.columbia.edu.

Provisional Timetable






9:00 -9:30



Joyce Donaldson 2 Doan Georgieva Li 2


Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion


Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee


Thomas Sun Riviere Ionel He


Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch


Pantev 1 Pantev 2 Maulik Haydys


Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee


Donaldson 1 Safronov Li 1 Shende


Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion Q&A / Discussion


Social Dinner

Speakers (click on title to see abstract and lecture slides):

The workshop will have two main themes:

(A) The Donaldson-Segal programme for defining enumerative invariants of compact G2-manifolds by counting G2 instantons, with correction terms from associative 3-folds. Analysis of G2-instanton moduli spaces, singularities of G2-instantons. Analysis of Seiberg-Witten type equations on 3-manifolds used to define correction terms in Donaldson-Segal programme. Related gauge theory problems, including singularities of Hermitian-Yang Mills connections.

(B) The Pantev-Toën-Vaquié-Vezzosi theory of shifted symplectic derived algebraic geometry, giving geometric structures on Calabi-Yau moduli spaces, and its applications to generalizations of Donaldson-Thomas theory of Calabi-Yau 3- and 4-folds. One particular aim is to present the theory in a way accessible to String Theorists, to encourage communication between mathematicians and physicists on this subject, and to facilitate interpretation of the implications of the theory in String Theory terms. Algebro-geometric enumerative invariants (and Floer theories, etc), particularly of Calabi-Yau manifolds, related to the PTVV theory: Donaldson-Thomas, Gromov-Witten, and Vafa-Witten invariants, Donaldson-Thomas type invariants of Calabi-Yau 4-folds, the Gopakumar-Vafa conjecture.

Attendance at the workshop is by invitation only (except for London locals). Non-invitees wishing to attend may contact the organizers, but are likely to be disappointed, as we are already inviting as many as the lecture theatre will comfortably hold, so we can only include others if we have refusals.

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.

Andrei Moroianu: Lectures

September 10, 2019
TITLE: Toric nearly Kähler 6-manifolds

ABSTRACT: Nearly Kähler manifolds are a particular class of almost Hermitian manifolds in the Gray-Hervella classification, but for several reasons they are mostly relevant in dimension 6, where (normalized, strict) nearly Kähler 6-manifolds can be characterized by the fact that their metric cone has holonomy contained in \mathrm{G}_2. In this talk, based on a joint work with P.-A. Nagy, I will show that strict nearly Kähler 6-manifolds admitting effective \mathbb{T}^3 actions by automorphisms are characterized in the neigbourhood of each point by a function on \mathbb{R}^3 satisfying a certain Monge–Ampère-type equation.

Slides of lecture

Chris Hull: Lectures

September 10, 2019
TITLE: Special Holonomy Metrics, Degenerate Limits and Intersecting Branes

ABSTRACT: The starting point for this talk is the degenerate limit of K3 constructed by Hein, Sun, Viaclovsky and Zhang, with a long neck that can be thought of as a 3-dimensional nilmanifold fibred over a line, with gravitational instanton insertions. Special holonomy generalisations of this neck region that are given by higher dimensional nilmanifolds fibred over a line will be discussed. They are dual to intersecting brane solutions, and this relation leads to more general solutions. The possibility of these arising as part of a degenerate limit of a compact special holonomy space will be considered, and applications to string theory will be explored.

Slides of lecture