Note time change: the geometry seminar is meeting Thursdays, 2.10-3pm in JCMB 6311 (except where noted otherwise).
The seminar is named after William Edge (1904-1997), who is known for example for his work on finite geometry, and worked at University of Edinburgh for over 40 years (1932-1975).
Move your mousepointer on the title of a talk to see an abstract (if available). The schedule is also kept up to date in a google calendar, which you can find below.
|January 15||Michael Wemyss (Edinburgh)|| Aspects of the Homological MMP|
I will outline the main ideas of arXiv:1411.7189, which uses noncommutative deformations and universal properties to jump between minimal models in the MMP in a satisfyingly algorithmic fashion. As part of this, a flop is constructed not by changing GIT, but instead by changing the algebra keeping GIT fixed, and flops are detected by whether certain contraction algebras are finite dimensional. Carrying this extra information allows us to continue to flop, and thus continue the MMP, without having to calculate everything at each stage.
Proving things in this canonical categorical manner allows us then to say things about GIT. In fact the HomMMP computes the full wall and chamber structure, and also gives a method for determining which walls produce flops and which do not. If there is time, I will explain that it also can be used to prove that flop functors braid in dimension three, however the combinatorics are not the expected one, and higher length braid relations naturally appear.
|February 5||Mario García Fernández (ICMAT)||Stability data, irregular connections and tropical curvesI will give an overview of recent joint work with S. Filippini and J. Stoppa, in which we construct isomonodromic families of irregular meromorphic connections on P1, with generalized monodromy in the automorphisms of a class of infinite-dimensional Poisson algebras. Our main results concern the limits of the families as we vary a scaling parameter R. In the R → 0 “conformal limit” we recover a semi-classical version of the connections introduced by Bridgeland and Toledano Laredo (and so the Joyce holomorphic generating functions for DT invariants). In the R → ∞ “large complex structure limit” the families relate to tropical curves in the plane and tropical/GW invariants. The connections we construct are a rough but rigorous approximation to the (mostly conjectural) four-dimensional tt*-connections introduced by Gaiotto–Moore–Neitzke.|
|February 12||Alice Rizzardo (Edinburgh)||An example of a non-Fourier-Mukai functor between derived categories of coherent sheaves|
|February 26||Sergey Arkhipov (Aarhus)|| Quasi-coherent Hecke categories and affine braid group actions|
We propose a geometric setting leading to categorical braid group actions. First we consider the quasi-coherent Hecke category QCHecke(G,B) for a reductive group G with a Borel subgroup B. We show that a monoidal action of QCHecke(G,B) on a triangulated category gives rise to a categorification of degenerate Hecke algebra representation known as Demazure Descent Data. Next we replace the group G by the derived group scheme LG of topological loops with values in G and consider QCHecke(LG,LB). A monoidal action of the category QCHecke(LG,LB) gives rise to a categorical action of the affine Braid group.
|March 5||No EDGE seminar||(GLEN in Glasgow)|
|March 12||Michael Groechenig (Imperial)||Infinite-dimensional vector bundles and reciprocity|
|March 19||No seminar|
|March 26 (two talks!)||Joseph Karmazyn (Edinburgh)|| Moduli, McKay, and Minimal Models|
Moduli spaces are often used to realise derived equivalences in algebraic geometry. I will recall the examples of the derived equivalence of 3-fold flops in the minimal model program and the derived SL2 McKay correspondence.
These derived equivalences can be translated to noncommutative algebra where they have been extended to include more general settings. I will discuss how a moduli interpretation can be extended to include these derived equivalences with noncommutative algebras.
|Rebecca Tramel (Edinburgh)|| Bridgeland stability on surfaces with curves of negative self-intersection|
I consider X a smooth projective complex surface containing a curve C whose self-intersection is negative. In 2002, Bridgeland defined a notion of stability for the objects in Db(X), which generalized the notion of slope stability for vector bundles on curves. The space of such stability conditions is a complex manifold, Stab(X). If we fix a numerical class, then we can decompose Stab(X) into open chambers where the moduli space of stable objects of this class remains constant, and codimension one walls where this moduli space may change.
|April 23||Tyler Kelly (Cambridge)||TBA|