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Thursday Jun 02, 2016
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Thursday May 26, 2016
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Topological factorization homology is an invariant of manifolds which enjoys a hybrid of the structures in topological field theory, and in singular homology. These invariants are especially interesting when we restrict attention to the factorization homology of surfaces, with coefficients in braided tensor categories. In this talk, I would like to explain a technique, related to Beck monadicity, which allows us to compute these abstractly defined categories, as modules for explicitly computable, and in many cases well-known, algebras.

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Thursday May 26, 2016

Physically, there's no reason to expect that the A model (as encoded by Gromov-Witten invariants and the Fukaya category) should be related to the theory of cobordisms between D branes. However, it seems that for the A model on convex symplectic targets, the theory of Lagrangian cobordisms detects many invariants of the Fukaya category, and may even recover it--put another way, it seems one can enrich the algebraic structures of the A model as being linear over cobordism spectra.

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Thursday May 19, 2016
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We'll explain the slogan of the title: a cluster variety is a space associated to a quiver, and which is built out of algebraic tori.

They appear in a variety of contexts in geometry, representation theory, and physics. We reinterpret the definition as: from a quiver (and some additional choices) one builds an exact symplectic 4-manifold from which the cluster variety is recovered as a component in its moduli space of Lagrangian branes. In particular, structures from cluster algebra govern the classification of exact Lagrangian surfaces in Weinstein 4-manifolds.

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Tuesday Apr 05, 2016
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I will explain how to axiomatize the notion of a chiral WZW model using the formalism of VOAs (vertex operator algebras). This class of models is in almost bijective correspondence with pairs (G,k), where G is a connected (not necessarily simply connected) Lie group and k in H^4(BG,Z) is a degree four cohomology class subject to a certain positivity condition. To my surprise, I have found a couple extra models which satisfy all the defining properties of chiral WZW models, but which don't come from pairs (G,k) as above.

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Thursday Mar 17, 2016
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Thursday Mar 10, 2016
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Thursday Feb 11, 2016
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This is a joint work with A.Kuznetsov and L.Rybnikov.

We study a moduli problem on a nodal curve of arithmetic genus 1, whose solution is an open subscheme in the zastava space for projective line. This moduli space is equipped with a natural Poisson structure, and we compute it in a natural coordinate system. We compare this Poisson structure with the trigonometric Poisson structure on the transversal slices in an affine flag variety.

We conjecture that certain generalized minors give rise to a cluster structure on the trigonometric zastava.

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Thursday Jan 28, 2016
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We will discuss a (conjectural) explicit presentation for the equivariant cohomology of Nakajima quiver varieties of type ADE. This presentation arises as a shadow of the expected symplectic duality between slices to Schubert varieties in the affine Grassmannian and Nakajima quiver varieties (a.k.a. the expected Coulomb and Higgs branches for a quiver gauge theory).

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