The SGGTC seminar meets on Fridays in Math 520 from 10:3011:30am and in Math 407 from 12pm, unless noted otherwise (in red).
Previous semesters: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008, Fall 2007.
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Date  Speaker  Title 
Sept. 6, 1pm  Guangbo Xu (Texas A&M) 
AntiSelfDual equation over certain noncompact 4manifolds and the SO(3) AtiyahFloer conjecture 
Sept. 13, 10:30am  Umut Varolgunes (Stanford) 
Applications of relative invariants in the context of symplectic SC divisors with Liouville complement 
Sept. 13, 1pm  Daniel Tubbenhauer (University of Zurich) 
2representations of Soergel bimodules 
Sept. 20, 10:30am  You Qi (Caltech) 
On a tensor product categorification at prime roots of unity 
Sept. 20, 1pm  Yasuyoshi Yonezawa (Nagoya University) 
Braid group actions from categorical Howe duality on a category of matrix factorizations and a bimodule category of deformed Webster algebra 
Sept. 27, 1pm  Sara Tukachinsky (IAS) 
Open WDVV equations 
Oct. 4, 10:30am  Daniel Kaplan (Fields Institute) 
Formality of Multiplicative Preprojective Algebras 
Oct. 4, 1pm  Vardan Oganesyan (Stony Brook) 
Monotone Lagrangian submanifolds and toric topology 
Oct. 11, 10:30am  Xiao Zheng (Boston University) 
Disc potentials of equivariant Lagrangian Floer theory 
Oct. 11, 1pm  Paolo Ghiggini (Nantes) 
Liouville nonfillability of RP^5 
Oct. 18, 10:30am  Agustin Moreno (Augsburg) 
Bourgeois contact structures: tightness, fillability and applications. 
Oct. 18, 1pm  Mariano Echeverria (Rutgers University) 
A Generalization of the TristramLevine Knot Signatures as a Singular FurutaOhta Invariant for Tori 
Oct. 25, 10:30am  Abigail Ward (Harvard University) 
Homological mirror symmetry for elliptic Hopf surfaces 
Oct. 25, 1pm  Yingdi Qin (Harvard University) 
Coisotropic branes on symplectic tori 
Nov. 1, 10:30am  TBA 
TBA 
Nov. 1, 1pm  Nitu Kitchloo (Johns Hopkins University) 
TBA 
Nov. 8, 10:30am  Chris Gerig (Harvard University) 
Probing 4manifolds with nearsymplectic forms 
Nov. 8, 1pm  Allen David Boozer (UCLA) 
Computer Bounds for KronheimerMrowka Foam Evaluation 
Nov. 15, 10:30am  Peter LambertCole (Georgia Institute of Technology) 
TBA 
Nov. 15, 1pm  TBA 
TBA 
Nov. 22, 10:30am  Jun Li (University of Michigan) 
TBA 
Nov. 22, 1pm  Dan CristofaroGardiner (UCSC / IAS) 
TBA 
Nov. 29  Thanksgiving! 

Dec. 6, 10:30am  Artem Kotelskiy (Indiana University) 
TBA 
Dec. 6, 1pm  Tasos Moulinos (Toulouse) 
TBA 
Abstracts
September 6th, 2019: Guangbo Xu (Texas A&M) " AntiSelfDual equation over certain noncompact 4manifolds and the SO(3) AtiyahFloer conjecture "
Abstract: Consider the antiselfdual equation over the product of the real line and a threemanifold with cylindrical end, with gauge group being SO(3). I will explain the proof of a GromovUhlenbeck type compactness result for this equation. This is the first step towards constructing a natural bounding cochain for the symplectic side of the SO(3) AtiyahFloer conjecture.
September 13th, 2019: Umut Varolgunes (Stanford University) " Applications of relative invariants in the context of symplectic SC divisors with Liouville complement "
Abstract: I will start by introducing the elementary notions of SHvisible and SHfull subsets, which are analogous to EntovPolterovich's heavy and superheavy subsets. Then, I will sketch the proof that in the c_1(M)=0 case, the skeleton of a Liouville domain as appeared in the title is SHfull, and explore some consequences of this (this part is inspired heavily by M. McLean's work). Finally, I will give a speculative discussion about what can happen if c_1(M)=0 is not assumed. This is joint work with D. Tonkonog.
September 13th, 2019: Daniel Tubbenhauer (University of Zurich) " 2representations of Soergel bimodules "
Abstract: The representation theory of Hecke algebra is unambiguous in mathematics and beyond. In this talk I will give a survey about a categorification of this theory, which we call 2representation of Soergel bimodules. (Joint with Marco Mackaay, Volodymyr Mazorchuk, Vanessa Miemietz and Xiaoting Zhang.)
September 20th, 2019: You Qi (Caltech) " On a tensor product categorification at prime roots of unity "
Abstract: Motivated by finding a categorical analogue of conformal blocks, we explain a formalism of extending a given categorical quantum group representation on a Weyl module to a certain tensor product representations. In particular, equipped with pdifferential graded structures, the machinery gives rise to a categorification of certain tensor product representations of Weyl modules at prime roots of unity. This is based on joint work and work in progress with M. Khovanov and J. Sussan.
September 20th, 2019: Yasuyoshi Yonezawa (Nagoya University) " Braid group actions from categorical Howe duality on a category of matrix factorizations and a bimodule category of deformed Webster algebra "
Abstract: Many link homology theories can be understood as categorical braid group actions arising from a categorification of Howe duality. In the theory of categorified quantum groups in type A, we can define a complex that categorifies the Lusztig's braid group action on representations of the quantum group of type A. Using categorical Howe duality, the complex induces several categorifications of Rmatrix in representations of the quantum group of type A, for instance, KhovanovRozansky sl(n) homology, the complex of Soergel bimodules. Here I talk about the categorical skew Howe duality via the category of matrix factorizations (joint work with Mackaay) and the categorical symmetric Howe duality via the bimodule category of deformed Webster algebras (joint work with Khovanov, Lauda and Sussan).
September 27th, 2019: Sara Tukachinsky (IAS) " Open WDVV equations "
Abstract: In a work from 2016, joint with Jake Solomon, we use Fukaya A_\infty algebras and bounding chains to define genus zero open GromovWitten invariants. These invariants count configurations of pseudoholomorphic disks in a symplectic manifold X with boundary conditions in a Lagrangian submanifold L. However, the construction is rather abstract. Nonetheless, in recent work with Jake Solomon, we find that the superpotential that generates these invariants has many properties that enable calculations. For instance, we establish a vanishing result that limits the amount of boundary constraints if L is homologically nontrivial. Other properties include a wallcrossing formula and open WittenDijkgraafVerlindeVerlinde (WDVV) equations. In fact, for (X,L)=(CP^n,RP^n), all possible values of the open GromovWitten invariants are computable by a recursive process. The open WDVV equations can be further reinterpreted as the associativity of a quantum product on relative cohomology H^*(X,L).
October 4th, 2019: Daniel Kaplan (Fields Institute) " Formality of Multiplicative Preprojective Algebras "
Abstract: I'll begin by motivating the study of derived multiplicative preprojective algebras from the perspective of Fukaya categories of plumbed cotangent bundles of spheres, following Etgü and Lekili. Next I'll turn to the question of formality: can one recover the Fukaya category from the category of modules over the homology of such algebras, as opposed to the clunkier dgcategory of dgmodules for the entire dgalgebra? The answer turns out to be no in the ADE Dynkin case, yes for quivers containing a cycle, and maybe (but probably yes with analogy to the additive setting) in all other cases. The method of proof of formality in the case of quivers containing a cycle (joint work with Travis Schedler) may be of independent interest.
October 4th, 2019: Vardan Oganesyan (Stony Brook) " Monotone Lagrangian submanifolds and toric topology "
Abstract: Let N be the total space of a bundle over some kdimensional torus with fibre Z, where Z is a connected sum of sphere products. It turns out that N can be embedded into C^n and CP^n as a monotone Lagrangian submanifold. It is possible to construct embeddings of N with different minimal Maslov numbers and get submanifolds which are not Lagrangian isotopic. Also, we will discuss restrictions on Maslov class of monotone Lagrangian submanifolds of C^n. We will show that in certain cases our examples realize all possible minimal Maslov numbers. In addition, we can show that some of our embeddings are smoothly isotopic but not isotopic through Lagrangians. (joint with Yuhan Sun)
October 11th, 2019: Xiao Zheng (Boston University) " Disc potentials of equivariant Lagrangian Floer theory "
Abstract: In this talk, I will introduce an equivariant mirror construction using a Morse model of equivariant Lagrangian Floer theory, formulated in a joint work with Kim and Lau. In case of semiFano toric manifold, our construction recovers the $T$equivariant LandauGinzburg mirror found by Givental. For toric CalabiYau manifold, the equivariant disc potentials of certain immersed Lagrangians are closely related to the open GromovWitten invaraints of AganagicVafa branes, which were studied by KatzLiu, GraberZaslow, FangLiuZong and many others using localization techniques. The later result is a work in progress joint with Hong, Kim and Lau.
October 11th, 2019: Paolo Ghiggini (Nantes) " Liouville nonfillability of RP^5 "
Abstract: I will prove that RP^5 with its standard contact structure is not the boundary of a Liouville manifold. The proof is inspired by McDuff's classification of fillings of RP^3. This is a joint work with Klaus Niederkruger.
October 18th, 2019: Agustin Moreno (Augsburg) " Bourgeois contact structures: tightness, fillability and applications. "
Abstract: Starting from a contact manifold and a supporting open book decomposition, an explicit construction by Bourgeois provides a contact structure in the product of the original manifold with the twotorus. In this talk, we will discuss recent results concerning rigidity and fillability properties of these contact manifolds. For instance, it turns out that Bourgeois contact structures are, in dimension 5, always tight, independent on the rigid/flexible classification of the original contact manifold. Moreover, Bourgeois manifolds associated to suitable monodromies provide new examples of weakly but not strongly fillable contact 5manifolds. We also present the following application in any dimension: the standard contact structure in the unit cotangent bundle of the ntorus, which is a Bourgeois manifold, admits a unique aspherical filling up to diffeomorphism. This is joint work with Jonathan Bowden and Fabio Gironella.
October 18th, 2019: Mariano Echeverria (Rutgers University) " A Generalization of the TristramLevine Knot Signatures as a Singular FurutaOhta Invariant for Tori "
Abstract: Given a knot K inside an integer homology sphere Y , the CassonLinHerald invariant can be interpreted as a signed count of conjugacy classes of irreducible representations of the knot complement into SU(2) which map the meridian of the knot to a fixed conjugacy class. It has the interesting feature that it determines the TristramLevine signature of the knot associated to the conjugacy class chosen.
Turning things around, given a 4manifold X with the integral homology of S1 × S3, and an embedded torus which is homologically non trivial, we define a signed count of conjugacy classes of irreducible representations of the torus complement into SU(2) which satisfy an analogous fixed conjugacy class condition to the one mentioned above for the knot case. Our count recovers the CassonLinHerald invariant of the knot in the product case, thus it can be regarded as implicitly defining a TristramLevine signature for tori.
This count can also be considered as a singular FurutaOhta invariant, and it is a special case of a larger family of Donaldson invariants which we also define. In particular, when (X, T ) is obtained from a selfconcordance of a knot (Y,K) satisfying an admissibility condition, these Donaldson invariants are related to the Lefschetz number of an Instanton Floer homology for knots which we construct. Moreover, from these Floer groups we obtain Frøyshov invariants for knots which allows us to assign a Frøyshov invariant to an embedded torus whenever it arises from such a selfconcordance.
October 25th, 2019: Abigail Ward (Harvard University) " Homological mirror symmetry for elliptic Hopf surfaces "
Abstract: We show that homological mirror symmetry is a phenomenon that exists beyond the world of Kähler manifolds by exhibiting HMStype results for a family of complex surfaces which includes the classical Hopf surface (S^1 x S^3). Each surface S we consider can be obtained by performing logarithmic transformations to the product of P^1 with an elliptic curve. We use this fact to associate to each S a mirror "nonalgebraic LandauGinzburg model" and an associated Fukaya category, and then relate this Fukaya category and the derived category of coherent analytic sheaves on S.
October 25th, 2019: Yingdi Qin (Harvard University) " Coisotropic branes on symplectic tori "
Abstract: Homological mirror symmetry (HMS) asserts that the Fukaya category of a symplectic manifold is derived equivalent to the category of coherent sheaves on the mirror complex manifold. Without suitable enlargement (split closure) of the Fukaya category, certain objects of it are missing to prevent HMS from being true. Kapstin and Orlov conjecture that coisotropic branes should be included into the Fukaya category from a physics view point. In this talk, I will construct for linear symplectic tori the version of Fukaya category including coisotropic branes and show that the usual Fukaya category embeds fully faithfully into it.
November 8th, 2019: Chris Gerig (Harvard University) " Probing 4manifolds with nearsymplectic forms "
Abstract: Most closed 4manifolds don't admit symplectic forms, but most admit "nearsymplectic" forms that are symplectic away from some embedded circles. This provides a gateway from the symplectic world to the nonsymplectic world, and just like the SeibergWitten invariants there are counts of Jholomorphic curves that are compatible with the nearsymplectic form. Although (potentially exotic) 4spheres don't even admit nearsymplectic forms, there is still a way to bring in nearsymplectic techniques, and I will describe my attempt(s) to probe them using Jholomorphic curves.
November 8th, 2019: Allen David Boozer (UCLA) " Computer Bounds for KronheimerMrowka Foam Evaluation "
Abstract: Kronheimer and Mrowka recently suggested a possible approach towards a new proof of the four color theorem that does not rely on computer calculations. One outgrowth of their approach is the definition of a functor J^flat from the category of webs and foams to the category of integergraded vector spaces over the field of two elements. Of particular interest is the relationship between the dimension of J^flat(K) for a web K and the number of Tait colorings Tait(K) of K. I describe a computer program that strongly constrains the possibilities for the dimension and graded dimension of J^flat(K) for a given web K, in many cases determining these quantities uniquely.
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