This series consists of talks in the area of Mathematical Physics.
I will review the construction of Coulomb branches in 3D gauge theory for a compact Lie group G and a quaternionic representation E. In the case when E is polarized, these branches are determined by topological boundary conditions built from the gauged A-model of the two polar halves of E. No analogue of this is apparent in the absence of a polarization, nonetheless the Coulomb branch can be defined by the use of a ‘quantum’ square root of E (related to the Spin representation).
Geometry of a pair of complex Lagrangian submanifolds of a complex symplectic manifold appears in many areas of mathematics and physics, including exponential integrals in finite and infinite dimensions, wall-crossing formulas in 2d and 4d, representation theory, resurgence of WKB series and so on.
In 2014 we started a joint project with Maxim Kontsevich which we named "Holomorphic Floer Theory" (HFT for short) in order to study all these (and other) phenomena as a part of a bigger picture.
Idempotent (aka Karoubi) completion is used throughout mathematics: for instance, it is a common step when building a Fukaya category. I will explain the n-category generalization of idempotent completion. We call it "condensation completion" because it answers the question of classifying the gapped phases of matter that can be reached from a given one by condensing some of the chemicals in the matter system. From the TFT side, condensation preserves full dualizability.
It is expected that the Betti version of the geometric Langlands program should ultimately be about the equivalence of two 4-dimensional topological field theories. In this talk I will give an overview of ongoing work in categorified sheaf theory and explain how one can use it to describe the categories of boundary conditions arising on the spectral side.
I'll explain the TFT perspective on holomorphic-topological twists of 3d N=4 and 4d N=2 theories, and outline some connections between the topics discussed in Justin and Davide's previous lectures, and various ongoing work of Justin, Philsang, Kevin, Davide, Tudor, myself, etc.
Let G be a complex reductive group, and X be any smooth projective G-variety. In this talk, we will construct an algebra homomorphism from the G-equivariant homology of the affine Grassmannian Gr_G to the G-equivariant quantum cohomology of X. The construction uses shift operators in quantum cohomologies. We will also discuss the possible extension to the loop rotation equivariant setting and the relation with the Peterson isomorphism when X is the flag variety associated with G. This is based on joint work with Alexander Braverman.
From a probabilistic perspective, 2D quantum gravity is the study of natural probability measures on the space of all possible geometries on a topological surface. One natural approach is to take scaling limits of discrete random surfaces. Another approach, known as Liouville quantum gravity (LQG), is via a direct description of the random metric under its conformal coordinate. In this talk, we review both approaches, featuring a joint work with N. Holden proving that uniformly sampled triangulations converge to the so called pure LQG under a certain discrete conformal embedding.