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SGGTC Seminar Schedule

Date Speaker Title
Jan 24
1:15 pm
Organizational Meeting Organizational Meeting
Joint with Geometric Topology Seminar
Jan 24
9:30 am
Samuel Lisi
University of Nantes
J-holomorphic foliations and embedding polydisks
Jan 24 Kai Cieliebak
Universität Augsburg
The topology of rationally and polynomially convex domains
Jan 24
2:00 pm
Rm 507
Sheel Ganatra
Cyclic homology and S^1-equivariant symplectic cohomology
Jan 31 Luis Diogo
Symplectic homology via Gromov-Witten theory
Feb 7 Faramarz Vafaee
Michigan State University
Heegaard Floer homology and L-space knots
Feb 14 Rescheduled due to weather
Feb 21 Anton Zeitlin
Max Planck Institute
Generalized Beltrami differentials, homotopy Gerstenhaber algebras and sigma-models
Feb 28 Michael Abel
University of North Carolina
A filtration on HOMFLY-PT homology via virtual crossings.
Mar 7 John Pardon
Implicit atlases and virtual fundamental cycles
Mar 14 Chris Cornwell
Knot contact homology, knot group representations, and the A-polynomial
Mar 21 No seminar this week
(Spring Recess)
Mar 28
Apr 4 Yin Tian
A diagrammatic categorification of a Clifford algebra via contact topology.
Apr 11
9:30 am
Denis Auroux
UC Berkeley
Homological mirror symmetry for the pair of pants
Apr 11 David Krcatovich
Michigan State University
The reduced knot Floer complex
Apr 18 Emmy Murphy
Existence of overtwisted contact structures on high dimensional manifolds
Apr 25
9:45 am
Anton Zeitlin
Max Planck Institute
Towards the unitary representations of affine sl(2,R)
May 2 Lenny Ng
Augmentation categories of Legendrian knots and constructible sheaves
May 9
Rm 622
Emma Carberry
University of Sydney
Spectral Curves of Constant Mean Curvature Tori



January 24, 2014 at 9:30 am

Samuel Lisi

Abstract: I will discuss a symplectic embedding problem for polydisks in dimension 4. Symplectic embeddings are a key phenomenon of symplectic rigidity. In the case I consider, the obstruction for embedding the polydisk comes from a certain Lagrangian torus and uses the theory of J-holomorphic foliations in dimension 4. This is joint work with Richard Hind.

January 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

Kai Cieliebak

Abstract: Rationally and polynomially convex domains in $\C^n$ are fundamental objects of study in the theory of functions of several complex variables. After defining and illustrating these notions, I will explain joint work with Y.Eliashberg giving a complete characterization of the possible topologies of such domains in complex dimension at least three. The proofs are based on recent progress in symplectic topology, most notably the h-principles for loose Legendrian knots and Lagrangian caps.

January 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Sheel Ganatra

Abstract: We show that the natural open-closed map from Hochschild homology of the Fukaya category to symplectic cohomology intertwines relevant circle actions, at a suitable chain level. As a consequence, we deduce that there are natural maps from various cyclic homology theories to the corresponding S^1-equivariant symplectic cohomology theories, intertwining the usual Gysin exact sequences, and that all of these maps are isomorphisms whenever the non-equivariant map is. This is work in progress.

January 31, 2014 at 10:45 am

Luis Diogo

Abstract: Symplectic homology is a very useful tool in symplectic topology, but it can be hard to compute explicitly. We will review the definition of this invariant and some of its features. Then, we describe a procedure for computing symplectic homology in terms of certain Gromov-Witten invariants. This method is applicable to a class of manifolds that are obtained by removing, from a closed symplectic manifold, a symplectic hypersurface of codimension 2. This is joint work with Samuel Lisi.

February 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

Faramarz Vafaee

Abstract: Heegaard Floer theory consists of a set of invariants of three- and four-dimensional manifolds. Three-manifolds with the simplest Heegaard Floer invariants are called L-spaces and the name stems from the fact that lens spaces are L-spaces. The primary focus of this talk will be on the question of which knots in the three-sphere admit L-space surgeries. We will also discuss about possible characterizations of L-spaces that do not reference Heegaard Floer homology.

Feb 21, 2014 at 10:45 am

Anton Zeitlin

Abstract: I will talk about the homotopy Gerstenhaber algebras describing the symmetries of 2d first order sigma models and their relation to the structure of Einstein equations.

February 28, 2014 at 10:45 am

Michael Abel

Abstract: In 2006 Khovanov gave a construction of HOMFLY-PT homology using Rouquier's braid group action on the homotopy category of Soergel bimodules. Soergel bimodules have natural filtrations in terms of bimodules representing virtual crossings. We will describe how to represent Soergel bimodules as mapping cones of virtual crossings in a derived category of graded bimodules. We will then describe how this mapping cone presentation fits into the construction of HOMFLY-PT homology. The mapping cone presentation gives a filtration on HOMFLY-PT homology which is preserved by Reidemeister moves I and II and conjecturally by Reidemeister III. We will finish by presenting computations and evidence for the conjectural theory.​​

March 7, 2014 at 10:45 am

John Pardon

Abstract: An implicit atlas on a (moduli) space consists of certain auxiliary (moduli) spaces satisfying a precise set of axioms. We will summarize the construction of implicit atlases on moduli spaces of J-holomorphic curves, under the assumption of a precise "strong gluing" theorem. We will also describe an algebraic "theory of virtual fundamental cycles" (which does not use perturbation) in the abstract setting of spaces equipped with implicit atlases. This "VFC package" is sufficient to define Floer-type homology theories from a collection of (moduli) spaces equipped with a compatible system of implicit atlases.

March 14, 2014 at 10:45 am

Chris Cornwell

Abstract: In the knot contact homology of a knot K there are augmentations that may be associated to a flat connection on the complement of K. We show that all augmentations arise this way. As a consequence, a polynomial invariant of K called the augmentation polynomial represents a generalization of the classical A-polynomial. A recent conjecture, similar to the AJ conjecture concerning the A-polynomial, relates a 3-variable augmentation polynomial to colored HOMFLY-PT polynomials. Our results can be seen as motivation for this conjecture having an augmentation polynomial in place of the A-polynomial.

April 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

Yin Tian

Abstract: Khovanov gave a graphical calculus for a categorification of a Heisenberg algebra. In this talk we describe a diagrammatic categorification of a Clifford algebra and its Fock space representation via differential graded categories. The motivation is from the {\em contact categories} $\mathcal{C}(\Sigma)$ of infinite strips $\Sigma$ introduced by Honda which describe contact structures on $\Sigma \times [0,1]$.

April 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

Denis Auroux

Abstract: We illustrate some recent progress on Kontsevich's homological mirror symmetry conjecture by considering a specific example, the pair of pants (i.e., the sphere minus three points). This will serve as a pretext to introduce notions such as wrapped or fiberwise wrapped Fukaya categories, explain the statement of the homological mirror symmetry conjecture in this setting, and discuss how it can be verified explicitly. Despite the simplicity of the example we consider, it already exhibits many of the features common to more complicated affine or general type examples. (This is based partly on joint work with M. Abouzaid, A. Efimov, L. Katzarkov, and D. Orlov, and partly on work in progress with M. Abouzaid).

April 11, 2014 at 10:45 am

David Krcatovich

Abstract: The set of knots up to a four-dimensional equivalence relation can be given the structure of a group, called the (smooth) knot concordance group. We will discuss how to compute concordance invariants using Heegaard Floer homology. We will then introduce the idea of a "reduced" knot Floer complex, see how it can be used to simplify computations, and give examples of how it can be helpful in distinguishing knots which are not concordant.

April 18, 2014 at 10:45 am

Emmy Murphy

Abstract: The Lutz-Martinet theorem states that any 2-plane field on a 3-manifold is homotopic to a contact structure. This construction lead to Eliashberg's definition of overtwisted contact manifolds, and in this context the existence theorem of Lutz-Martinet can be extended to a uniqueness result: any two overtwisted contact structures which are homotopic as plane fields are in fact isotopic. We discuss a recent extension of these results to contact manifolds of all dimensions. We will focus on showing that any almost contact structure is homotopic to a contact structure, and seeing how this leads to a new definition of overtwistedness in high dimensions. As time allows we will discuss a proof that a homotopy class of almost contact structures is realized by a unique isotopy class of overtwisted contact structure. This project is joint work with Borman and Eliashberg.

April 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

Anton Zeitlin

Abstract: I will talk about the construction of an analogue of the continuous series for affine sl(2,R). The approach is based on the study of correlation functions of the generators and renormalization of the emerging divergencies.

May 2, 2014 at 10:45 am

Lenny Ng

Abstract: Recently Vivek Shende, David Treumann, and Eric Zaslow introduced a category of constructible sheaves associated to a Legendrian knot. They conjectured that this category is equivalent to a category studied by Bourgeois and Chantraine and built from augmentations of Legendrian contact homology. In fact this conjecture is false, but it can be fixed. I will introduce a new augmentation category for Legendrian knots that we now know (as of last week) is equivalent to the STZ category, and describe some of its properties (including comparing and contrasting with the Bourgeois-Chantraine category). This reports on joint work in progress with some subset of {Shende, Treumann, Zaslow, Dan Rutherford, Steven Sivek}.

May 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

Emma Carberry

Abstract: Constant mean curvature (CMC) tori in S ^ 3, R ^ 3 or H ^ 3 are in bijective correspondence with spectral curve data, consisting of a hyperelliptic curve, a line bundle on this curve and some additional data, which in particular determines the relevant space form. This point of view is particularly relevant for considering moduli-space questions, such as the prevalence of tori amongst CMC planes. I will address these periodicity questions for the spherical and Euclidean cases, using Whitham deformations, which I will explain.

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