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The virtual fundamental class in symplectic geometry

November 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Speaker: Dusa McDuff (Columbia University) 

Title: The virtual fundamental class in symplectic geometry

Abstract: Essential to many constructions and applications of symplectic geometry is the ability to count J-holomorphic curves. The moduli spaces of such curves have well understood compactifications, and if cut out transversally are oriented manifolds of dimension equal to the index of the problem, so that they a fundamental class that can be used to count curves. In the general case, when the defining equation is not transverse, there are various different approaches to constructing a representative for this class, We will discuss and compare different approaches to such a construction e.g. using polyfolds or various kinds of finite dimensional reduction. Most of this is joint work with Katrin Wehrheim.



November 14, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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