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2018 HMS Focused Lecture Series
January 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
As part of their CMSA visitation, HMS focused visitors will be giving lectures on various topics related to Homological Mirror Symmetry throughout the Spring 2018 Semester. The lectures will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the CMSA Building, 20 Garden Street, Room G10.
The schedule will be updated below.
Date  Speaker  Title/Abstract 
January 23, 25, 30 and February 1
35pm *Room G10* 
Ivan Losev
(Northeastern) 
Title: BGG category O: towards symplectic duality
Abstract: We will discuss a very classical topic in the representation theory of semisimple Lie algebras: the BernsteinGelfandGelfand (BGG) category O. Our aim will be to motivate and state a celebrated result of Beilinson, Ginzburg and Soergel on the Koszul duality for such categories, explaining how to compute characters of simple modules (the KazhdanLusztig theory) along the way. The Koszul duality admits a conjectural generalization (Symplectic duality) that is a Mathematical manifestation of 3D Mirror symmetry. We will discuss that time permitting. Approximate (optimistic) plan of the lectures: 1) Preliminaries and BGG category O. 2) KazhdanLusztig bases. BeilinsonBernstein localization theorem. 3) Localization theorem continued. Soergel modules. 4) Koszul algebras and Koszul duality for categories O. Time permitting: other instances of Symplectic duality. Prerequisites: Semisimple Lie algebras and their finite dimensional representation theory. Some Algebraic geometry. No prior knowledge of category O/ Geometric Representation theory is assumed. 
February 27,
and March 1 35pm 
Colin Diemer
(IHES) 
Title: Moduli spaces of LandauGinzburg models and (mostly Fano) HMS.
Abstract: Mirror symmetry as a general phenomenon is understood to take place near the large complex structure limit resp. large radius limit, and so implicitly involves degenerations of the spaces under consideration. Underlying most mirror theorems is thus a mirror map which gives a local identification of respective Amodel and Bmodel moduli spaces. When dealing with mirror symmetry for CalabiYau’s the role of the mirror map is wellappreciated. In these talks I’ll discuss the role of moduli in mirror symmetry of Fano varieties (where the mirror is a LandauGinzburg (LG) model). Some topics I expect to cover are a general structure theory of moduli of LG models (follows Katzarkov, Kontsevich, Pantev), the interplay of the topology of LG models with autoequivalence relations in the CalabiYau setting, and the relationship between Mori theory in the Bmodel and degenerations of the LG Amodel. For the latter topic we’ll focus on the case of del Pezzo surfaces (due to unpublished work of Pantev) and the toric case (due to the speaker with Katzarkov and G. Kerr). Time permitting, we may make some speculations on the role of LG moduli in the work of GrossHackingKeel (in progress work of the speaker with T. Foster). 
March 6 and 8
45pm 
Adam Jacob
(UC Davis) 
Title: The deformed HermitianYangMills equation
Abstract: In this series I will discuss the deformed HermitianYangMills equation, which is a complex analogue of the special Lagrangian graph equation of HarveyLawson. I will describe its derivation in relation to the semiflat setup of SYZ mirror symmetry, followed by some basic properties of solutions. Later I will discuss methods for constructing solutions, and relate the solvability to certain geometric obstructions. Both talks will be widely accessible, and cover joint work with T.C. Collins and S.T. Yau. 
March 6, 8, 13, 15
34pm 
Dmytro Shklyarov
(TU Chemnitz) 
Title: On categories of matrix factorizations and their homological invariants
Abstract: The talks will cover the following topics: 1. Matrix factorizations as Dbranes. According to physicists, the matrix factorizations of an isolated hypersurface singularity describe Dbranes in the LandauGinzburg (LG) Bmodel associated with the singularity. The talk is devoted to some mathematical implications of this observation. I will start with a review of openclosed topological field theories underlying the LG Bmodels and then talk about their refinements. 2. Semiinfinite Hodge theory of dg categories. Homological mirror symmetry asserts that the “classical” mirror correspondence relating the number of rational curves in a CY threefold to period integrals of its mirror should follow from the equivalence of the derived Fukaya category of the first manifold and the derived category of coherent sheaves on the second one. The classical mirror correspondence can be upgraded to an isomorphism of certain Hodgelike data attached to both manifolds, and a natural first step towards proving the assertion would be to try to attach similar Hodgelike data to abstract derived categories. I will talk about some recent results in this direction and illustrate the approach in the context of the LG Bmodels. 3. Hochschild cohomology of LG orbifolds. The scope of applications of the LG mod els in mirror symmetry is significantly expanded once we include one extra piece of data, namely, finite symmetry groups of singularities. The resulting models are called orbifold LG models or LG orbifolds. LG orbifolds with abelian symmetry groups appear in mir ror symmetry as mirror partners of varieties of general type, open varieties, or other LG orbifolds. Associated with singularities with symmetries there are equivariant versions of the matrix factorization categories which, just as their nonequivariant cousins, describe Dbranes in the corresponding orbifold LG Bmodels. The Hochschild cohomology of these categories should then be isomorphic to the closed string algebra of the models. I will talk about an explicit description of the Hochschild cohomology of abelian LG orbifolds. 
April 10 & 12
34pm 
Mauricio Romo
(IAS) 
Title: Gauged Linear Sigma Models, Supersymmetric Localization and Applications
Abstract: In this series of lectures I will review various results on connections between gauged linear sigma models (GLSM) and mathematics. I will start with a brief introduction on the basic concepts about GLSMs, and their connections to quantum geometry of CalabiYaus (CY). In the first lecture I will focus on nonperturbative results on GLSMs on closed 2manifolds, which provide a way to extract enumerative invariants and the elliptic genus of some classes of CYs. In the second lecture I will move to nonperturbative results in the case where the worldsheet is a disk, in this case nonperturbative results provide interesting connections with derived categories and stability conditions. We will review those and provide applications to derived functors and local systems associated with CYs. If time allows we will also review some applications to nonCY cases (in physics terms, anomalous GLSMs). 
April 17, 19, 26
35pm 
Andrew Harder
(University of Miami) 
Title: Perverse sheaves of categories on surfaces
Abstract: Perverse sheaves of categories on a Riemann surface S are systems of categories and functors which are encoded by a graphs on S, and which satisfy conditions that resemble the classical characterization of perverse sheaves on a disc. I’ll review the basic ideas behind Kapranov and Schechtman’s notion of a perverse schober and generalize this to perverse sheaves of categories on a punctured Riemann surface. Then I will give several examples of perverse sheaves of categories in both algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, and category theory. Finally, I will describe how one should be able to use related ideas to prove homological mirror symmetry for certain noncommutative deformations of projective 3space.

May 15, 17
13pm 
Charles Doran
(University of Alberta) 
Lecture One:
Title: PicardFuchs uniformization and CalabiYau geometry Abstract:
Part 1: We introduce the notion of the PicardFuchs equations annihilating periods in families of varieties, with emphasis on CalabiYau manifolds. Specializing to the case of K3 surfaces, we explore general results on “PicardFuchs uniformization” of the moduli spaces of latticepolarized K3 surfaces and the interplay with various algebrogeometric normal forms for these surfaces. As an application, we obtain a universal differentialalgebraic characterization of Picard rank jump loci in these moduli spaces.
Part 2: We next consider families with one natural complex structure modulus, (e.g., elliptic curves, rank 19 K3 surfaces, b_1=4 CalabiYau threefolds, …), where the PicardFuchs equations are ODEs. What do the PicardFuchs ODEs for such families tell us about the geometry of their total spaces? Using Hodge theory and parabolic cohomology, we relate the monodromy of the PicardFuchs ODE to the Hodge numbers of the total space. In particular, we produce criteria for when the total space of a family of rank 19 polarized K3 surfaces can be CalabiYau.
Lecture Two: Part 1: Codimension one CalabiYau submanifolds induce fibrations, with the periods of the total space relating to those of the fibers and the structure of the fibration. We describe a method of iteratively constructing CalabiYau manifolds in tandem with their PicardFuchs equations. Applications include the tower of mirrors to degree n+1 hypersurfaces in P^n and a tower of CalabiYau hypersurfaces encoding the nsunset Feynman integrals. Part 2: We develop the necessary theory to both construct and classify threefolds fibered by lattice polarized K3 surfaces. The resulting theory is a complete generalization to threefolds of that of Kodaira for elliptic surfaces. When the total space of the fibration is a CalabiYau threefold, we conjecture a unification of CY/CY mirror symmetry and LG/Fano mirror symmetry by mirroring fibrations as Tyurin degenerations. The detailed classification of CalabiYau threefolds with certain rank 19 polarized fibrations provides strong evidence for this conjecture by matching geometric characteristics of the fibrations with features of smooth Fano threefolds of Picard rank 1. 