Mathematical Physics

This series consists of talks in the area of Mathematical Physics.

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Apr 30 2018 - 2:00pm
Room #: 394
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May 7 2018 - 2:00pm
Room #: 400
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May 14 2018 - 2:00pm
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Monday Mar 12, 2018
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Recently, Roland van der Veen and myself found that there are sequences of solvable Lie algebras "converging" to any given semi-simple Lie algebra (such as sl(2) or sl(3) or E8). Certain computations are much easier in solvable Lie algebras; in particular, using solvable approximations we can compute in polynomial time certain projections (originally discussed by Rozansky) of the knot invariants arising from the Chern-Simons-Witten topological quantum field theory.

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Monday Mar 05, 2018
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I will give a brief survey of the study of decomposable Specht modules for the symmetric group and its Hecke algebra, which includes results of Murphy, Dodge and Fayers, and myself. I will then report on an ongoing project with Louise Sutton, in which we are studying decomposable Specht modules for the Hecke algebra of type $B$ indexed by `bihooks’.

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Monday Feb 26, 2018
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Let Gbe a complex semisimple algebraic group of adjoint type and \overline{G} the wonderful compacti

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Monday Feb 26, 2018
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In this talk, I'd like to explain how quantum integrability and (q-deformed) W-algebraic structure arise from the moduli space of quiver gauge theory. It'll be also shown that our construction gives rise to a new family of W-algebras. 

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Wednesday Feb 21, 2018
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Quiver varieties, as introduced by Nakaijma, play a key role in representation theory. They give a very large class of symplectic singularities and, in many cases, their symplectic resolutions too. However, there seems to be no general criterion in the literature for when a quiver variety admits a symplectic resolution. In this talk, I will give necessary and sufficient conditions for a quiver variety to admit a symplectic resolution. This result builds upon work of Crawley–Boevey and of Kaledin, Lehn and Sorger. The talk is based on joint work with T. Schedler.

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Monday Feb 12, 2018
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I'll discuss an ongoing project of mine with Dinakar Muthiah and Oded Yacobi, which is based on ideas of Kreiman-Lakshmibai-Magyar-Weyman.  It is aimed at developing a "nice" standard monomial theory for the affine Grassmannian in type A, where "nice" means hopefully close in spirit to Hodge's classical standard monomial theory for finite dimensional Grassmannians.

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Monday Jan 29, 2018
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Factorization spaces (introduced by Beilinson and Drinfeld as "factorization monoids") are non-linear analogues of factorization algebras. They can be constructed using algebro-geometric methods, and can be linearised to produce examples of factorization algebras, whose properties can be studied using the geometry of the underlying spaces. In this talk, we will recall the definition of a factorization space, and introduce the notion of a module over a factorization space, which is a non-linear analogue of a module over a factorization algebra.

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Monday Jan 29, 2018
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This is based on my joint work with Yaping Yang. In this talk, we use the equivariant elliptic cohomology theory to study the elliptic quantum groups. We define a sheafified elliptic quantum group for any symmetric Kac-Moody Lie algebra. This definition is naturally obtained using the cohomological Hall algebra associated to the equivariant elliptic cohomology. After taking suitable rational sections, the sheafified elliptic quantum group becomes a quantum algebra consisting of the elliptic Drinfeld currents.

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Monday Jan 22, 2018
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We explain how a doubled version of the Beilinson-Bernstein localization functor can be understood using the geometry of the wonderful compactification of a group. Specifically, bimodules for the Lie algebra give rise to monodromic D-modules on the horocycle space, and to filtered D-modules on the group that respect a certain matrix coefficients filtration. These two categories of D-modules are related via an associated graded construction in a way compatible with localization, Verdier specialization, and additional structures. This is joint work with David Ben-Zvi and David Nadler. 

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