Home » News

Category Archives: News

Algebraic Geometry, Gauge Theory and the Swampland Conjectures: January 9-13, 2023, Oxford

Arrival date: Sunday, January 8.
Departure date: Friday, January 13, or Saturday, January 14.

All times are BST. Organizers: Dominic Joyce, Jason Lotay, Sakura Schafer-Nameki (Oxford University).

The meeting will cover several topics: some differential geometry and gauge theory, some material on enumerative invariants including Virasoro relations and invariants counting coherent sheaves on Calabi-Yau 4-folds, and a strand on the Swampland Conjectures from String Theory. The conference will happen simultaneously, in the next door lecture theatre, to the ADK60 conference on ‘Quivers, Clusters, Moduli and Stability’ https://www.cantab.net/users/t.logvinenko/2023-qcms/index.html, in honour of the 60th birthday of Alastair King. Attendees at either conference are welcome to go to the talks at the other (but not to steal each others’ biscuits). Five talks will be joint between both conferences. As a result, this Simons meeting will have more of an emphasis on Algebraic Geometry than usual.

Practical arrangements:

  • The conference will take place in Lecture Theatre 3 of the basement of the Mathematical Institute, Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford, OX2 6GG. See https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/about-us/travel-maps for how to get here.
  • Invited participants will be housed in the Linton Lodge Hotel, see https://www.bestwestern.co.uk/hotels/linton-lodge-hotel-bw-signature-collection-83647.
  • Invited participants should arrange their own travel to Oxford, and claim (reasonable) travel costs back from the conference afterwards. Please keep all receipts if you intend to make a claim.
  • The most convenient airport for Oxford is London Heathrow. A good way to get to and from the airport is to use a bus service called the Oxford Airline, see https://www.theairlineoxford.co.uk/. You can buy tickets on the bus – no need to do this in advance – and it is much cheaper to buy a ‘period return’ ticket rather than two single tickets. It is also possible to do the journey by train (go via the Elizabeth line), provided the trains are not on strike and have not melted down (e.g. wrong kind of rain, leaf on line).
  • It is an easy walk to the Maths Institute from all of Linton Lodge, the bus station, and the train station.
  • There is a cafe in the basement of the Mathematical Institute where you can buy your own lunch. There are also plenty of local shops and restaurants.
  • Academics and PhD students at the Oxford Mathematical Institute or Physics department are welcome to attend the conference talks, no need to ask the organizers. Attendees at the ADK60 conference are also welcome to attend the conference talks.
  • The conference is primarily an activity of the Simons Collaboration on Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis and Physics, https://sites.duke.edu/scshgap/, put on for the benefit of its members, and is not an open invitation conference. We do not have funding for inviting non-collaboration members, except invited speakers.
  • Non-Oxford people who have not been invited to the conference, but would like to attend, should contact the organizers. We are not offering funding for this, nor to arrange travel or accommodation, this would be your problem. One limiting factor is the capacity of the lecture theatre.

Schedule:

MON 9 JAN

TUE 10 JAN

WED 11 JAN

THU 12 JAN

FRI 13 JAN

9:30-11:00

J. Nordstrom
and M. Turner
ADK60
joint
speakers:
T. Bridgeland,
O. Garcia-Prada,
D. Joyce,
R. Thomas,
L. Alvarez-Consul,
K. Wendland
ADK60 speaker
(10:00-11:00)
T. Langlais J. Streets

11:00-11:30

tea break tea break tea break tea break

11:30-12:30

G. Ball H. Kim T. Grimm B. Pioline

12:30-1:00

lunch lunch lunch

1:00-2:00

lunch, further discussions,
and departure

2:00-3:00

V. Hoskins W. Lim and M. Moreira T. Weigand

3:00-3:30

A. Bojko tea break

3:30-4:00

tea break Swampland discussion
(led by Mirjam Cvetic)

4:00-4:30

tea break Virasoro and
CoHAs discussion
(led by Dominic Joyce)

4:30-5:00

Differential geometry
and gauge theory
discussion (led by
Thomas Walpuski)

5:00-5:30

evening

Conference dinner

Speakers:

  • Luis Alvarez Consul (Madrid), joint with ADK60
  • Gavin Ball (Wisconsin)
  • Arkadij Bojko (ETH Zurich)
  • Tom Bridgeland (Sheffield), joint with ADK60
  • Oscar Garcia-Prada (Madrid), joint with ADK60
  • Thomas Grimm (Utrecht)
  • Victoria Hoskins (Radboud), Motivic mirror symmetry for Higgs bundles
  • Dominic Joyce (Oxford), joint with ADK60
  • Heeyeon Kim (KAIST)
  • Thibault Langlais (Oxford)
  • Woonam Lim (ETH Zurich)
  • Miguel Moreira (ETH Zurich)
  • Johannes Nordstrom (Bath)
  • Boris Pioline (Paris)
  • Jeff Streets (UC Irvine)
  • Richard Thomas (Imperial), joint with ADK60
  • Matt Turner (Bath)
  • Timo Weigand (Hamburg)
  • Katrin Wendland (Trinity College Dublin)

Progress and Open Problems 2022: September 11-14, 2022, SCGP, Stony Brook

Arrival date: Saturday, September 10.
Departure date: Wednesday afternoon, September 14, or Thursday, September 15.

All times are EDT. Organizer is Robert Bryant (Duke University).

Schedule:

SUN 11 SEP

MON 12 SEP

TUES 13 SEP

WED 14 SEP

9:30-10:30

S. Goette H. Liu G. Bera J. Tian

11:00-12:00

A. Kennon I. Alonso M. Hübner Wrap-up session

13:15-14:15

G. Parker (SCGP Weekly Talk)

14:30-15:30

D. Baldwin F. Trinca L. Lin

16:00-17:00

D. Platt Y. Li

16:30-17:30

J. Lotay  (Joint with
Stony Brook Geometry)

Speakers:

This conference will be immediately preceded by our Sixth annual meeting held at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

Geometry, Topology and Singular Special Holonomy Spaces: 6-10 June 2022, Freiburg University

The collaboration will hold a meeting at Freiburg University (Freiburg i. Brsg., Germany) on June 6-10 2022, entitled “Geometry, Topology and Singular Special Holonomy Spaces”

Scientific Organizers:
Sebastian Goette, Mark Haskins, and Thomas Walpuski.

All talks will take place in Lecture Hall HS II in the Geology Building,
Albertstr. 23b.

The Reception and the coffee breaks will take place in the “Sozialraum” 331 of the Maths Institute,
Ernst-Zermelo-Str. 1, 3rd floor.

A map can be found here; HS II is in building no 13, the Math Institute is in building no 2 on that map.

Timetable

MON 6 JUNE

TUE 7 JUNE

WED 8 JUNE

THU 9 JUNE

FRI 10 JUNE

9:00 (CEST)

Reception Alec Payne/Ilyas Kahn Jonathan Heckman/Ethan Torres Johannes Nordström I Diarmuid Crowley (remote)

10:30 (CEST)

Hans-Joachim Hein Coffee Coffee Coffee Coffee

11:30 (CEST)

Hongyi Liu Mirjam Cvetic/Max Hübner Anna Fino Johannes Nordström II

12:00 (CEST)

Lunch Break

13:00 (CEST)

Lunch Break END Lunch Break END

14:00 (CEST)

Chris Scaduto (remote)

15:00 (CEST)

Yang Li I (remote) Yang Li II (remote)

15:30 (CEST)

Coffee

16:30 (CEST)

Rafe Mazzeo (remote) END END

18:00 (CEST)

END

Speakers:

The links will take you to abstracts, slides of lectures, and/or video recordings of the lectures (when available).


Bryant named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Collaboration Director Robert Bryant has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is among 564 new members elected for their efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications in service to society.

Read more here

Connections between String Theory and Special Holonomy: January 10-14, 2022, Virtual Meeting Online

The collaboration will hold a virtual meeting on January 10-14 2022, entitled “Connections between String Theory and Special Holonomy” (originally scheduled to be held at the Mathematical Institute, Oxford University, Oxford, UK)

Scientific Organizers:
Dominic Joyce, Jason Lotay, and Sakura Schafer-Nameki.


Summary:
The programme will have three strands:

  • Enumerative invariants in algebraic and differential geometry.
  • 3d Coulomb branches and hyper-Kähler geometry.
  • Differential geometry related to special holonomy.

One of our goals is to promote understanding between mathematicians and physicists, so where relevant we will aim to have talks by mathematicians intended to be understood by physicists, and vice versa, with some coordination between the mathematics and physics talks.

Timetable

MON 10 JANUARY

TUE 11 JANUARY

WED 12 JANUARY

THU 13 JANUARY

FRI 14 JANUARY

12:00-13:00 (GMT)
7:00-8:00 (EST)

Nakajima

14:00-15:00 (GMT)
9:00-10:00 (EST)

Bourget Chiu Oh Kontsevich

15:15-16:15 (GMT)
10:15-11:15 (EST)

Kirwan Bullimore Manschot Aslan Singhal

17:00-18:00 (GMT)
12:00-13:00 (EST)

Dancer Closset Kool Thomas Foscolo

19:00-20:00 (GMT)
14:00-15:00 (EST)

Schulze Nekrasov Streets

Speakers:

The links will take you to abstracts, slides of lectures, and/or video recordings of the lectures (when available).


Progress and Open Problems 2021: September 12-15, 2021, SCGP, Stony Brook

Arrival date: Saturday, September 11.
Departure date: Wednesday afternoon, September 15, or Thursday, September 16.

All times are EDT. Organizer is Mark Haskins (Duke University).

Schedule:

SUN 12 SEP

MON 13 SEP

TUES 14 SEP

WED 15 SEP

9:30-10:30

J. Heckman J. Wu Z. Liu D. Platt

11:00-12:00

G.Ball F. Lehmann S. He Wrap-up session

13:00-14:00

Y. Li (SCGP Weekly Talk)

14:00-15:00

S. Sun M. Hubner X. Chen

16:00-17:00

T. Collins Open problems discussion T. Walpuski  (Joint with
Stony Brook Geometry)

Speakers:

This conference will be immediately preceded by our Fifth annual meeting held at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

Numerical and Geometric Methods for Ricci-flat Metrics and Flows, virtual meeting online, 24-28 May 2021

The collaboration will hold a VIRTUAL meeting on 24-28 May, 2021, entitled “Numerical and Geometric Methods for Ricci-flat Metrics and Flows”.

Scientific Organizers:
Bobby Acharya, Robert Bryant, and Jason Lotay.


Summary:
This workshop will survey some recent progress in understanding methods for constructing, analyzing, and classifying Ricci-flat metrics, Ricci solitons, and various flows. These methods include traditional geometric estimate-based methods as well as numerical approaches to approximating Ricci-flat metrics. There will talks by both mathematicians and physicists and motivations, methods, and applications in physics will be discussed as well.

We will hold two lectures per day, plus moderated discussion sessions on Tuesday and Thursday. Zoom access to the lectures is by invitation only, but YouTube access for the lectures will also be available at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGw1y7VGRYGM7Wtk07JtFcA/

Our schedule is as follows. – All times are given in British Summer Time as well as in Eastern Daylight Time. (Please refer to a time zone converter if you aren’t sure what time it will be in your time zone). There will be a brief conference introduction from Robert Bryant prior to the first talk on Monday.

Timetable

MON 24 MAY

TUE 25 MAY

WED 26 MAY

THU 27 MAY

FRI 28 MAY

16:00-17:00 (BST)
11:00-12:00 (EDT)

S. Donaldson H.-J. Hein S. Brendle N. Kapouleas D. Knopf

18:00-19:00 (BST)
13:00-14:00 (EDT)

M. Douglas L. Anderson T. Ozuch R. Bamler

19:15-21:00 (BST)
14:15-16:00 (EDT)

Discussion Led by A. Ashmore (U. Chicago, physics) Discussion led by B. Acharya (ICTP & King’s College London)

Documents associated with Tuesday’s discussion:

Slides

Documents associated with Thursday’s discussion:

Slides

Speakers:

The links will take you to abstracts, slides of lectures, and/or video recordings of the lectures (when available).


Donaldson-Thomas invariants and Resurgence, virtual meeting online, 11-15 January 2021

The collaboration will hold a VIRTUAL meeting on 11-15 January, 2021, entitled “Donaldson-Thomas invariants and Resurgence”.

Scientific Organizers:
Dominic Joyce, Simon Salamon, and Sakura Schafer-Nameki.


Summary:
3-Calabi-Yau triangulated categories T are a major area of research in Geometry and String Theory. Examples include derived categories Dbcoh X of coherent sheaves and the derived Fukaya category DbF(X) on a Calabi-Yau 3-fold X, where Kontsevich’s Homological Mirror Symmetry Conjecture explains mirror symmetry between Calabi-Yau 3-folds X, X* as equivalences of categories Dbcoh X = DbF(X*), DbF(X) = Dbcoh X*.

For such a 3-Calabi-Yau category T one can consider the moduli space Stab(T) of Bridgeland stability conditions on T, and for each σ in Stab(T) one can (under good conditions) define Donaldson-Thomas (D-T) invariants DTα(σ), which are rational numbers ‘counting’ σ-semistable objects in class α in Knum(T).

A nice example, which will be covered at the conference, is a class of categories T of derived representations of a quiver with superpotential (Q,W), in which Stab(T) and DTα(σ) can be described by work of Bridgeland and Smith in terms of quadratic differentials on a Riemann surface.

Recent work of Tom Bridgeland and coauthors explains how to encode D-T invariants into interesting geometric structures on Stab(T), involving Stokes phenomena and Riemann-Hilbert problems for singular flat connections, and connected (via Tom’s paper with Ian Strachan) to complex hyperkahler manifolds and twistor theory. All this is related to work of Kontsevich and Soibelman on analytic stability data and resurgence, and to a circle of ideas in String Theory, including work of Gaiotto, Moore and Neitzke, and topics such as resurgence, WKB analysis, and line operators.

The conference will explain these ideas with introductory talks, and aim to promote communication between Geometers and String Theorists, to better understand this new and fast-moving area.


The virtual meeting comes in two parts:

  1. Recorded lectures which can be viewed by participants at any time, and;
  2. “Live” lectures streamed via Zoom and YouTube, which can also be watched later. Our live sessions will also include some discussions, which may include discussions of both the live lectures and the recorded lectures. YouTube access for the lectures is available at
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGw1y7VGRYGM7Wtk07JtFcA/


Our recorded lectures are as follows. Those who are unfamiliar with Bridgeland stability should endeavor to watch these recorded lectures before the live lectures by Bridgeland.


Our live schedule is as follows. – All times are given in British time, in honor of the originally planned venue for the meeting, as well as in Eastern Daylight Time. (Please refer to a time zone converter if you aren’t sure what time it will be in your time zone). There will be a brief conference introduction from Robert Bryant prior to the first talk on Monday.

You can download the programme of this meeting, or consult the version below.

Timetable

MON 11 JANUARY

TUE 12 JANUARY

WED 13 JANUARY

THU 14 JANUARY

FRI 15 JANUARY

16:00-17:00 (GMT)
11:00-12:00 (EST)

B. Pym M. Kontsevich G. Moore T. Bridgeland, III I.-A. Coman

17:00-17:30 (GMT)
12:00-12:30 (EST)

Questions/Break Questions/Break Questions/Break Questions/Break Questions/Break

17:30-18:30 (GMT)
12:30-13:30 (EST)

T. Bridgeland, I M. Mariño F. Yan S. Donaldson I S. Donaldson II

18:45-20:00 (GMT)
13:45-15:00 (EST)

Meal break Meal break Meal break Meal break Meal break

20:00-21:00 (GMT)
15:00-16:00 (EST)

I. Smith T. Bridgeland, II Discussion, led by Maxim Kontsevich and Richard Thomas Discussion on “complex hyperkähler manifolds”, led by Roger Bielawski Discussion on “DT invariants and resurgence: Good questions for the future?”, led by Joerg Teschner

21:00-21:30 (GMT)
16:00-16:30 (EST)

Questions/Discussion Questions/Discussion Discussion, con. Discussion, con. Discussion, con.

Wednesday’s discussion:

Documents associated with Thursday’s discussion:

Slides from Lionel Mason

Documents associated with Friday’s discussion:

Questions from Greg Moore

Speakers:

The links will take you to abstracts, slides of lectures, and/or video recordings of the lectures (when available).


Special Holonomy and Branes (AIM workshop)

The collaboration co-sponsored a workshop with the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) on Special Holonomy and Branes on October 26-30 2020. The workshop was organized by Sergei Gukov, Rafe Mazzeo, and Sakura Schafer-Nameki.
The workshop featured extensive discussions as well as lectures; we have preserved the lectures on this website. The entire conference was held online.


The lecture schedule was as follows. (All times are given in California time.)

Timetable:

MON 26 OCTOBER

TUE 27 OCTOBER

WED 28 OCTOBER

THU 29 OCTOBER

FRI 30 OCTOBER

08:00-09:30 (PDT)

L. Anderson/
A. Braun
L. Fredrickson/
D. Pei
L. Foscolo C. Lawrie T. Walpuski

12:30-14:00 (PDT)

D. Morrison/
J. Lotay
A. Haydys/
J. Sparks
R. Barbosa

Speakers:

The links will take you to abstracts, slides of lectures, and/or video recordings of the lectures (when available).


Sun awarded 2021 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

Collaboration Principal Investigator Song Sun (U. C. Berkeley) has been awarded a 2021 New Horizons in Mathematics prize. The other awardees are Bhargav Bhatt (University of Michigan) and Aleksandr Logunov (Princeton University).

Sun is being recognized “for many groundbreaking contributions to complex differential geometry, including existence results for Kahler-Einstein metrics and connections with moduli questions and singularities.”

Due to the global pandemic, the award ceremony has been postponed until March 2021.

Read the news article.