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Monday, November 8, 2021

Posted October 4, 2021
Last modified November 5, 2021

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Zoom:

Colleen Delaney, Indiana University Bloomington
Zesting and Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants

I’ll discuss the ribbon zesting construction on pre-modular categories from a diagrammatic point of view and show that Witten-Reshetikhin-Turaev invariants of framed knots and links decouple under zesting. As an application, I will explain how the Mignard-Schauenburg ``modular isotopes” can be understood through zesting. This talk is based on joint work with Cesar Galindo, Julia Plavnik, Eric Rowell, and Qing Zhang as well as Sung Kim.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Posted October 3, 2021
Last modified November 5, 2021

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Gurbir Dhillon, Yale University
Kazhdan--Lusztig theory for affine Lie algebras at critical level

Formulas for simple characters have a long and rich history in representation theory, and our main result is one more such formula, originally conjectured by Feigin--Frenkel. However, in the majority of the talk, we will provide a general survey of such results for non-specialists. After recalling Weyl's character formula for highest weight modules for simple algebraic groups, we will discuss the Kazhdan--Lusztig character formula for highest weight modules for simple Lie algebras. In particular, we will convey some of the striking ideas involved in its proof via localization, due to Beilinson--Bernstein and Brylinski-Kashiwara, which birthed the subject of geometric representation theory. Moving beyond simple Lie algebras and groups, we will recall that associated to each simple Lie algebra is a one parameter family of infinite dimensional Lie algebras, the affine Lie algebras, which appear repeatedly in algebraic geometry and mathematical physics. By work of Kashiwara--Tanisaki, the highest weight characters at all points in the family save one were understood by the mid 1990s. At this remaining point, the critical level, the representation theory of affine Lie algebras undergoes a phase transition, and the remarkable phenomena present at this point have deep connections to the geometric Langlands program. An analog of the Kazhdan--Lusztig conjecture for affine Lie algebras at critical level was proposed by Feigin--Frenkel in the early 1990s. We have proven this conjecture in forthcoming work joint with David Yang, using localization theory at critical level as developed by Beilinson--Drinfeld and Frenkel--Gaitsgory. The main emphasis throughout will be on basic ideas and simple examples, and we will not presume familiarity with any of these subjects beyond the finite dimensional representations of SL2.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Posted September 28, 2021
Last modified November 14, 2021

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Lockett 233

Mee Seong Im, United States Naval Academy
Iterated wreath products and foams, with applications

I will explain a new perspective of foams with connections to the representation theory of iterated wreath products. If I have time, I will discuss the connections of foams to field extensions, Sylvester sums, and matrix factorizations. This is joint work with Mikhail Khovanov, with Appendix joint with Lev Rozansky.

Monday, January 31, 2022

Posted September 29, 2021
Last modified January 30, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Zoom:, Lockett 233

Iva Halacheva, Northeastern University
Welded tangles and the Kashiwara-Vergne group

Welded or w-tangles are a higher dimensional analogue of classical tangles, which admit a yet further generalization to welded foams, or w-trivalent graphs, a class of knotted tubes in 4-dimensional space. Welded foams can be presented algebraically as a circuit algebra. Together with Dancso and Robertson we show that their automorphisms can be realized in Lie theory as the Kashiwara-Vergne group, which plays a key role in the setting of the Baker-Campbell-Hausdorff series. In the process, we use a result of Bar-Natan and Dancso which identifies homomorphic expansions for welded foams, a class of powerful knot invariants, with solutions to the Kashiwara-Vergne equations.

Monday, March 7, 2022

Posted January 31, 2022
Last modified March 6, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233,

Peter Koroteev, UC Berkeley
DAHA Representations and Branes

I will describe our recent geometric representation theory construction for the double affine Hecke algebra (DAHA) of rank one. The spherical subalgebra of DAHA can be understood as flat one-parameter deformation (geometric quantization) of the SL(2, C) character variety X of a one-punctured torus. This variety for rank one DAHA is described by an affine cubic surface which is an elliptic fibration of Kodaira type I_0^*. Our main result provides an equivalence between the Fukaya category of X and the category of finite-dimensional modules of DAHA. Upon this correspondence, compact Lagrangian submanifolds of X are related to finite-dimensional representations of DAHA. This is a work in progress with S. Gukov, S. Nawata, D. Pei, and I. Saberi.

Monday, April 4, 2022

Posted February 8, 2022
Last modified March 16, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Akos Nagy, UC Santa Barbara
BPS monopoles with arbitrary symmetry breaking

Magnetic monopole solutions of Maxwell's equations have been known since Dirac's famous paper in 1931. In the mid-1970s, Bogomolny and, independently, Prasad and Sommerfeld, gave nonabelian generalizations to these solutions in Yang-Mills theory, which are now called Bogomolny-Prasad-Sommerfeld (BPS) monopoles. These are gauge theoretic field configurations over 3-dimensional backgrounds. In this talk I will introduce BPS monopoles both from the mathematical and physical points of view and recall some of the most important results about them, with an emphasis on BPS monopoles over the euclidean 3-space. In particular, I will introduce the concept of symmetry breaking for these fields. While a lot is known about monopoles with maximal symmetry breaking, the general case has been much less understood. After the general introduction, I will present my recent results on the construction of monopoles with arbitrary, nonmaximal symmetry breaking. This is achieved by understanding the analytic behavior of harmonic spinors associated to Dirac operators twisted by monopoles. This is a joint work with Benoit Charbonneau.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Posted January 30, 2022
Last modified April 3, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Tudor Padurariu, Columbia University
Categorical Hall algebras in Donaldson-Thomas theory

Kontsevich-Soibelman defined the cohomological Hall algebra (CoHA) of a quiver with potential. By a result of Davison-Meinhardt, CoHAs are deformations of the universal enveloping algebra of the BPS Lie algebra of the quiver with potential. One can also define categorical and K-theoretic Hall algebras of a quiver with potential. Examples of such Hall algebras are (positive parts of) quantum affine algebras. I will introduce the categorical and K-theoretic replacements of the BPS spaces and explain how to prove analogues of the Davison-Meinhardt theorem in these contexts. These results have applications in Donaldson-Thomas theory and in the study of Hall algebras of surfaces.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Posted February 8, 2022
Last modified April 16, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Vasily Krylov, MIT
Symplectic duality and equivariant Hikita-Nakajima conjecture for ADHM spaces

We will discuss the general notion of symplectic duality between symplectic resolutions of singularities and give examples. Equivariant Hikita-Nakajima conjecture is a general conjecture about the relation between the geometry of symplectically dual varieties. We will consider the example of the Hilbert scheme of points on the affine plane and briefly discuss the proof of the equivariant Hikita-Nakajima conjecture in this particular case. We will also briefly discuss the generalization of this proof to the case of ADHM spaces (moduli spaces of instantons on R^4). Time permitting we will say about the possible approach towards the proof of Hikita-Nakajima conjecture for other symplectically dual pairs (such as Higgs and Coulomb branches of quiver gauge theories). The talk is based on the joint work with Pavel Shlykov arXiv:2202.09934.

Monday, May 2, 2022

Posted February 6, 2022
Last modified April 25, 2022

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Eugene Rabinovich, University of Notre Dame
Classical Bulk-Boundary Correspondences via Factorization Algebras

A factorization algebra is a cosheaf-like local-to-global object which is meant to model the structure present in the observables of classical and quantum field theories. In the Batalin-Vilkovisky (BV) formalism, one finds that a factorization algebra of classical observables possesses, in addition to its factorization-algebraic structure, a compatible Poisson bracket of cohomological degree +1. Given a ``sufficiently nice'' such factorization algebra on a manifold $N$, one may associate to it a factorization algebra on $N\times \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}$. The aim of the talk is to explain the sense in which the latter factorization algebra ``knows all the classical data'' of the former. This is the bulk-boundary correspondence of the title. Time permitting, we will describe how such a correspondence appears in the deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Posted January 9, 2023
Last modified February 28, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm 233 Lockett

Nadia Ott, University of Pennsylvania
Period maps for super Riemann surfaces with Ramond punctures

Super Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces $\mathfrak{M}_g$ are supersymmetric generalizations of the classical notions of Riemann surfaces. In physics, super Riemann surfaces are the worldsheets of propagating superstrings and once can define important quantities in superstring theory, e.g., vacuum and scattering amplitudes, as integrals over $\mathfrak{M}_g$. However, computing these integrals has proved to be extremely difficult and answers are known only up to genus 2. D’Hoker and Phong’s computation in genus 2 relied on the super period map for genus 2 super Riemann surfaces. Naturally, we look to the period map for answers in the higher genus. However, the period map in $g > 2$ behaves in ways quite distinct from its ordinary counterpart. Most dramatically, it blows up along a certain divisor in supermoduli space. It is also not fully defined for either the Ramond punctured variants of super Riemann surfaces, or for the compactification. In both cases, one expects the map to blow up along a divisor, called the bad locus. In my talk, I will discuss some of the open problems as well as recent progress concerning the super period map and its relation to the supermeasure. In addition, I will talk about my joint work with Ron Donagi in which we describe the “bad locus” on the supermoduli space with Ramond punctures.

Monday, March 27, 2023

Posted March 23, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Simon Riche, Université Clermont Auvergne
Characters of modular representations of reductive algebraic groups

One of the main questions in the representation theory of reductive algebraic groups is the computation of characters of simple modules. A conjectural solution to this problem was proposed by G. Lusztig in 1980, and later shown to be correct assuming the base field has large characteristic. However in 2013 G. Williamson found (counter)examples showing that this answer is not correct without this assumption. In this talk I will explain a new solution to this problem, obtained in a combination of works involving (among others) P. Achar and G. Williamson, which is less explicit but has the advantage of being valid in all characteristics.

Monday, April 17, 2023

Posted January 11, 2023
Last modified April 9, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Melissa Sherman-Bennett, MIT
The m=2 amplituhedron and the hypersimplex

I'll discuss a curious correspondence between the m=2 amplituhedron, a 2k-dimensional subset of Gr(k, k+2), and the hypersimplex, an (n-1)-dimensional polytope in R^n. The amplituhedron and hypersimplex are both images of the totally nonnegative Grassmannian under some map (the amplituhedron map and the moment map, respectively), but are different dimensions and live in very different ambient spaces. I'll talk about joint work with Matteo Parisi and Lauren Williams in which we give a bijection between decompositions of the amplituhedron and certain matroidal decompositions of the hypersimplex (originally conjectured by Lukowski—Parisi—Williams). We also give a new decomposition of the m=2 amplituhedron into Eulerian-number-many chambers, inspired by an analogous hypersimplex decomposition. No background knowledge on the amplituhedron, the totally nonnegative Grassmannian, or the hypersimplex will be assumed.

Monday, April 24, 2023

Posted January 21, 2023
Last modified March 8, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Svetlana Makarova, University of Pennsylvania
Quiver moduli and effective global generation

Moduli problems are ubiquitous and related to all areas of mathematics in one way or another. In this talk, I will focus on the algebro-geometric picture: namely, I would like to view the set of objects of classification as a scheme, called a moduli scheme. I will provide a framework that allows to recover the algebraic structure on this set, and then I will talk about modern methods of studying moduli problems. The modern theory ​"Beyond GIT", introduced by Alper and being developed by Alper, Halpern-Leistner, Heinloth and others, provides a "coordinate-free" way of thinking about classification problems. Among giving a uniform philosophy, this allows to treat problems that can't necessarily be described as global quotients. Our result about moduli of quiver representations is a particularly nice example where this modern theory can be applied. After a reminder on quiver representations, I will explain how we refine a classical result of King that moduli spaces of semistable representations of acyclic quivers are projective by proving it over an arbitrary noetherian base. Our methods allow us to obtain new results about the geometry of these moduli: I will define a determinantal line bundle which descends to a semiample line bundle on the moduli space and provide effective bounds for its global generation. For an acyclic quiver, we can observe that this line bundle is ample and thus the adequate moduli space is projective over an arbitrary noetherian base. This talk is based on a preprint with Belmans, Damiolini, Franzen, Hoskins, Tajakka (

Monday, May 1, 2023

Posted January 9, 2023
Last modified August 7, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Anne Dranowski, University of Southern California
Canonical bases in representation theory and mathematical physics

The fusion of two Mirković-Vilonen cycles is a degeneration of their product, defined using the Beilinson-Drinfeld Grassmannian. We describe a conceptually friendly approach to computing this product in type A, by transferring the problem to a fusion of generalized orbital varieties using the Mirković-Vybornov isomorphism. We explain how using this fusion product we are able to verify a conjecture about cluster monomials and the MV basis in the coordinate ring of the upper-triangular subgroup of GL(4). Based on joint work with R. Bai and J. Kamnitzer.

Monday, October 16, 2023

Posted August 14, 2023
Last modified October 9, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Konstantin Aleshkin, Columbia University
Crossing the walls in GLSM

Gauged Linear Sigma Models (GLSM) are curve counting theories that have been studied recently. Conceptually, they capture the enumerative geometry of the critical locus of a holomorphic function on a quotient of a simple variety by an algebraic Lie group. I plan to explain how to construct and compute certain genus 0 invariants and their generating functions called central charges. Analytic continuation of these functions produces invariants of certain birational GLSM that are related to the original one by wall-crossing.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Posted August 16, 2023
Last modified October 20, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Kendric Schefers, UC Berkeley
Microlocalization of homology

The difference between the homology and cohomology of a space can be seen as a measure of the singularity of that space. This measure can be made precise for special fibers of maps between smooth varieties by introducing the so-called "microlocal homology" of such a map, an object which records the singularities of the special fiber as well as the codirections along the base in which those singularities arise. In this talk, we show that the microlocal homology is in fact intrinsic to the special fiber—independent of its particular presentation—by relating it to an object of -1-shifted symplectic geometry: the canonical perverse sheaf categorifying Donaldson-Thomas invariants introduced by Joyce et al. Time permitting, we will relate the microlocal homology to the singular support theory of coherent sheaves.

Monday, October 30, 2023

Posted August 11, 2023
Last modified October 22, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm 233 Lockett

Yan Zhou, Northeastern University
Irregular connections, Stokes geometry, and WKB analysis

We study the Riemann-Hilbert map of a class of meromorphic linear ODE systems on the complex projective line with irregular singularities. This class of ODE’s shows up in various contexts in geometry and representation theory. The Stokes matrices of these ODE’s encode the generalized monodromy data. First, we study the WKB leading terms of the Stokes matrices and give a definite answer for the degenerate Riemann-Hilbert map. Then, if time permits, we will establish the connection to the work of Gaiotto-Moore-Neitzke and explain how the picture of spectral networks and DT theory simplifies near the degenerate Riemann-Hilbert map. The talk is based on ongoing joint work with Anton Alekseev, Andrew Neitzke, and Xiaomeng Xu.

Monday, November 6, 2023

Posted September 7, 2023
Last modified November 3, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Daniil Klyuev, MIT
Analytic Langlands correspondence for $G=PGL(2,\mathbb{C})$

Analytic Langlands correspondence was proposed by Etingof, Frenkel and Kazhdan based on ideas and results of Langlands, Teschner, Braverman-Kazhdan and Kontsevich. Let $X$ be a smooth irreducible projective curve over $\mathbb{C}$, $G$ be a semisimple group. On one side of this conjectural correspondence there are $G^{\vee}$-opers on $X$ satisfying a certain condition ($real$ opers), where $G^{\vee}$ is Langlands dual group. On the other side there are certain operators on $L^2(Bun_G)$, called Hecke operators, where $Bun_G$ is the variety of stable $G$-bundles on $X$ and $L^2(Bun_G)$ is a Hilbert space of square-integrable half-densities. I will describe the main picture and present new results in this direction. Partially based on joint projects with A. Wang and S. Raman.

Monday, November 13, 2023

Posted August 12, 2023
Last modified November 3, 2023

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Jonathan Gruber, University of York
Generic direct summands of tensor products for algebraic groups

Let G be a connected reductive algebraic group. The representation theory of G revolves around four important classes of G-modules: The simple modules, the Weyl modules, the induced modules and the indecomposable tilting modules. In this talk, I will explain how complexes of tilting modules can be used to study tensor products of G-modules, and show that this approach gives rise to a new class of G-modules, called generic direct summands of tensor products.

Monday, March 4, 2024

Posted January 16, 2024
Last modified February 28, 2024

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm 233 Lockett

Ben McCarty, University of Memphis
A new approach to the four color theorem

The Penrose polynomial of a graph, originally defined by Roger Penrose in an important 1971 paper, shares many similarities with Kauffman’s bracket and the Jones polynomial. In order to capitalize on these similarities, we first modify the definition of the Penrose polynomial to obtain a related family of polynomials, called the n-color polynomials. Each of the n-color polynomials may be thought of as an analog of the Jones polynomial, and is the graded Euler characteristic of a bigraded homology theory (analogous to Khovanov homology). We then show how to define a spectral sequence leading to a filtered homology theory (analogous to Lee homology) where coloring information becomes apparent. We will then discuss several applications of the theory to graph coloring and the four color problem. This is joint work with Scott Baldridge.

Monday, March 18, 2024

Posted March 5, 2024

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm 233 Lockett

Pablo Boixeda Alvarez, Yale University
Microlocal sheaves and affine Springer fibers

The resolutions of Slodowy slices $\tilde{\mathcal{S}}_e$ are symplectic varieties that contain the Springer fiber $(G/B)_e$ as a Lagrangian subvariety. In joint work with R. Bezrukavnikov, M. McBreen, and Z. Yun, we construct analogues of these spaces for homogeneous affine Springer fibers. We further understand the categories of microlocal sheaves in these symplectic spaces supported on the affine Springer fiber as some categories of coherent sheaves. In this talk, I will mostly focus on the case of the homogeneous element $ts$ for $s$, a regular semisimple element, and will discuss some relations of these categories with the small quantum group providing a categorification of joint work with R.Bezrukavnikov, P. Shan and E. Vasserot. If I have time, I will then mention some recent application of this result to the Breuil-Mezard conjecture by T. Feng and B. Le Hung.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Posted January 28, 2024
Last modified April 1, 2024

Mathematical Physics and Representation Theory Seminar

2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Lockett 233

Greg Parker, Stanford University
$\mathbb Z_2$-harmonic spinors as limiting objects in geometry and topology

$\mathbb Z_2$-harmonic spinors are singular solutions of Dirac-type equations that allow topological twisting around a submanifold of codimension 2. These objects arise as limits at the boundary of various moduli spaces in several distinct areas of low-dimensional topology, gauge/Floer theory, and enumerative geometry. The first part of this talk will introduce these objects, and discuss the various contexts in which they arise and the relationship between them. The second part of the talk will focus on the deformations of $\mathbb Z_2$-harmonic spinors when varying background parameters as a model for the novel analytic problems presented by these objects. In particular, the deformations of the singular submanifold play a role, giving the problem some characteristics similar to a free-boundary-value problem and leading to a hidden elliptic pseudo-differential operator that governs the geometry of the moduli spaces.