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Monday May 15, 2017
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The notion of singular support for coherent sheaves was introduced by Arinkin and Gaitsgory in order to carefully state the geometric Langlands conjecture.  This is a conjectural equivalence of categories of sheaves on certain moduli spaces: in order to make the conjecture reasonable one needs to restrict to sheaves which satisfy a certain "singular support condition".  In this talk I'll explain how to think about this singular support condition from the point of view of boundary conditions in twisted N=4 gauge theory.  Specifically, Arinkin and Gaitsgory's singular su

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Thursday May 04, 2017
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In this talk, we will discuss an open Gromov-Witten invariant on hyperKahler surfaces, including K3 surfaces and certain Hitchin moduli spaces. The invariant is defined via the Lagrangian Floer theory and satisfy the Kontsevich-Soibelman wall-crossing formula and are expect to recover the generalized Donaldson-Thomas invariants studied in the work of Gaiotto-Moore-Neitzke.

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Monday May 01, 2017
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The notion of Positive Representations is a new research program devoted to the representation theory of split real quantum groups, initiated in a joint work with Igor Frenkel. It is a generalization of the special class of representations considered by J. Teschner for Uq(sl(2,R)) in Liouville theory, where it exhibits a strong parallel to the finite-dimensional representation theory of compact quantum groups, but at the same time also serves some new properties that are not available in the compact case.

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Friday Apr 28, 2017
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I will discuss some results on double loop groups that point to geometric phenomena about double affine flag varieties and double affine Grassmannian. One result of this study is a definition of double affine Kazhdan-Lusztig polynomials.

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Monday Apr 24, 2017
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This talk concerns a family of special functions common to the study of quantum conformal blocks and hypergeometric solutions to q-KZB type equations.  In the first half, I will explain two methods for their construction -- as traces of intertwining operators between representations of quantum affine algebras and as certain theta hypergeometric integrals we term Felder-Varchenko functions.  I will then explain our proof by bosonization the first case of Etingof-Varchenko's conjecture that these constructions are related by a simple renormalization.

 

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Monday Apr 10, 2017

The physics proof of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem relates the Hamiltonian and Lagrangian approaches to quantization of N=1 supersymmetric mechanics.

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Monday Mar 20, 2017
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An F-field on a manifold M is a local system of algebraically closed fields of characteristic p.  You can study local systems of vector spaces over this local system of fields.  On a 3-manifold, they are are rigid, and the rank one local systems are counted by the Alexander polynomial.  On a surface, they come in positive

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Monday Mar 13, 2017
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We define an action of the k-strand braid group on the set of cluster variables for the Grassmannian Gr(k,n), provided k divides n. The action sends clusters to clusters, preserving the underlying quivers, defining a homomorphism from the braid group to the cluster modular group for Gr(k,n). Our results can be translated to statements about clusters in Fock-Goncharov configuration spaces of affine flags, provided the number of flags is even.

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Friday Feb 24, 2017
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The Feynman diagram expansion for a Wilson loop observable in Chern-Simons gauge theory generates an infinite series of topological invariants for framed knots.  In this talk, I will describe a new perturbative formalism which conjecturally generates the same invariants for Legendrian knots in the standard contact R^3.  The formalism includes a `perturbative' localization principle which drastically simplifies the structure of calculations.  As time permits, I will provide some examples and applications.  This talk is based upon joint work with Brendan McLellan and Ruo

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Monday Feb 06, 2017
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Representations of the fundamental groups of surfaces appear so often in geometry that it's tempting to see them primarily as geometric structures. In recent years, however, researchers have uncovered beautiful new features of these representations by thinking of them instead as dynamical systems. As an invitation to the dynamical point of view, I'll describe how geometric tools from the study of billiards can be used to build invariants of surface group representations.

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