Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Mathematik

Online research seminar: Algebra, Geometry & Physics

Date: Tuesdays 1.45pm-3.30pm

Venue: IRIS-Haus, room 1'021, Zum Großen Windkanal 2, 12489 Berlin

Organisers: Gaëtan Borot (HU Berlin), Yuri Manin (MPIM)

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For HU students in Maths, or Physics P27 or P28, this is 2SWS and you can get credits by regular attendance (>50%) and writing at least one report on a talk of your choice during the term. If you intend to do so, please contact me at the beginning of the semester.

Archive of talks


Wintersemester 21-22

19 Oct. 2021
Maxim Kazarian (HSE & Skoltech, Moscow)
Topological recursion in Hurwitz theory
The topological recursion or Chekhov-Eynard-Orantin recursion is an inductive procedure for an explicit computation of correlator functions appearing in a large number of problems in mathematical physics, from matrix integrals and Gromov-Witten invariants to enumerations of maps and meromorphic functions with prescribed singularities. In spite of existence of a huge number of known cases where this procedure does work, its validity and universality still remains mysterious in much extend. We develop a new tool based on the theory of KP hierarchy that allows one not only formally prove it in a unified way for a wide class of problems but also to understand its true nature and the origin. These problems include enumeration various kinds of Hurwitz numbers: ordinary ones, orbifold, double, monotone, r-spin Hurwitz numbers, as well as enumeration of (hyper) maps and extends much beyond. The talk is based on a joint work with B. Bychkov, P. Dunin-Barkowski, S. Shadrin.

26 Oct. 2021
Enno Keßler (MPIM Bonn)
Super J-holomorphic curves
J-holomorphic curves or pseudoholomorphic curves are maps from Riemann surfaces to symplectic manifolds satisfying the Cauchy-Riemann equations.
J-holomorphic curves are of great interest because they allow to construct invariants of symplectic manifolds and those invariants are deeply related to topological superstring theory. A crucial step towards Gromov–Witten invariants is the compactification of the moduli space of J-holomorphic curves via stable maps which was first proposed by Kontsevich and Manin. In this talk, I want to report on a supergeometric generalization of J-holomorphic curves and stable maps where the domain is a super Riemann surface. Super Riemann surfaces have first appeared as generalizations of Riemann surfaces with anti-commutative variables in superstring theory. Super J-holomorphic curves couple the equations of classical J-holomorphic curves with a Dirac equation for spinors and are critical points of the superconformal action. The compactification of the moduli space of super J-holomorphic curves via super stable maps might, in the future, lead to a supergeometric generalization of Gromov-Witten invariants. Based on arXiv:2010.15634 [math.DG] and arXiv:1911.05607 [math.DG], joint with Artan Sheshmani and Shing-Tung Yau.

2 Nov. 2021
no seminar

9 Nov. 2021
Katherine Maxwell (MPIM Bonn)
The super Mumford form and Sato Grassmannian
In 1986, Manin conjectured that representations of the Neveu-Schwarz (NS) algebra must be related to the moduli space of SUSY curves. We present a new way to explain this relationship which utilizes the super Sato Grassmannian. This method is a super generalization of the classical story of Kontsevich; Arbarello, De Concini, Kac, and Procesi; and Kawamoto, Namikawa, Tsuchiya, and Yamada. We find that the Lie superalgebra of global superconformal vector fields on an affine SUSY curve is perfect, and that the NS algebra acts on the line bundle of the super Mumford isomorphism with zero central charge. We discuss why this new approach may have interesting applications for integrating over the moduli space of SUSY curves.

16 Nov. 2021
Thomas Walpuski (HU Berlin)

23 Nov. 2021
Tomoyuki Arakawa (RIMS Kyoto)

30 Nov. 2021
Laura Monk (MPIM Bonn)

7 Dec. 2021
Alexander Gorodnik (Universität Zürich)

14 Dec. 2021
Joshua Lieber (MPIM Bonn)
Derived Motivic Measures and Six Functors Formalisms
In this talk, we will show how every sufficiently nice six functors formalism (in the sense of Khan and Cisinski-Déglise) gives rise to a derived motivic measure (in the sense of Campbell-Wolfson-Zakharevich).  In particular, we will use this to construct a derived motivic measurement which lifts the Gillet-Soulé motivic measure.

21 Dec. and 28 Dec. 2021
no seminar

4 Jan. 2022
Colin Guillarmou (Laboratoire de Mathematiques d'Orsay)

11 Jan. 2022
Xin Sun (University of Pennsylvania)

18 Jan. 2022
Ben Elias (University of Oregon)

25 Jan. 2022
Xian Dai (Heidelberg Universität)

1 Feb. 2022
Olaf Hohm (HU Berlin)

8 Feb. 2022
Luca Lionni (Radboud University/Heidelberg University)

15 Feb. 2022

22 Mar. 2022
Graeme Wilkin (University of York)