Berkeley Informal String-Math Seminar

Organized by Mina Aganagic, Ivan Danilenko, Andrei Okounkov, and Peng Zhou

Weekly on Mondays 2:10 PM (Pacific Time)

Meetings are in-person, at 402 Physics South

We have a lunch on the 4th floor of Physics South before the seminar

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Schedule of talks for Fall 2022:

Aug 29 Peng Zhou Homological Mirror Symmetry for 3d Coulomb branches and Skein-Strand diagram. Video
Sept 5 No Seminar
Sept 12 Andrei Okounkov The Eisenstein spectrum and some other things Video
Sept 19 Henry Liu Multiplicative vertex algebras and wall-crossing in equivariant K-theory Video
Sept 21, 1PM, Physics South 325* Henry Liu Multiplicative vertex algebras and wall-crossing in equivariant K-theory, II Video
Sept 23, 1PM, Physics South 325* Henry Liu Multiplicative vertex algebras and wall-crossing in equivariant K-theory, III Video
Sept 26 Robert Lipshitz Floer homology for 3-manifolds with boundary Video
Oct 3 No Seminar
Oct 10 Ivan Smith TBA
Oct 17 TBA
Oct 24 Sergei Gukov TBA
Oct 31 Peter Koroteev Branes and DAHA Representations
Nov 7 Ben Webster TBA
Nov 14 TBA
Nov 21 TBA
Nov 28 Miroslav Rapcak TBA
Dec 5 TBA

*Special Day/Time/Location.

A note to the speakers:

This is a research seminar, intended for mathematicians and physicists. For the speaker to successfully reach the audience in both fields, it is important to explain, as clearly as possible: the motivations for the work, questions addressed, key ideas. The audience may fail to appreciate the glory of the result, otherwise.

Seminar Archive:

Spring 2022 Fall 2021, Spring 2021, Fall 2020, Summer 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016

YouTube video archive

Abstracts:

Aug. 29: Peng Zhou (UC Berkeley)

Homological Mirror Symmetry for 3d Coulomb branches and Skein-Strand diagram

This talk is a report of work in progress with Mina Aganagic, Yixuan Li and Ivan Danilenko. The B-side is the (resolved) additive Coulomb branch \(X\), and A-side is the (deformed) multiplicative Coulomb branch \(Y\) with a superpotential \(W\), and HMS says \( \mathrm{Coh}(X) = \mathrm{Fuk}(Y,W) \) where the RHS is the wrapped Fukaya category. Webster has shown \( \mathrm{Coh}(X) \) is equivalent to the category of \(A_{G,N}\)-mod, where \(A_{G,N}\) is the cKLRW algebra. We will show that \(\mathrm{Fuk}(Y,W)\) is also equivalent to \(A_{G,N}\)-mod. As a first step, we consider the gauge group \(G = \mathrm{GL}(k)\) and representation \(N =(\mathbb{C}^k)^n \), where we use Honda-Tian-Yuan's technique to turn endomorphism algebra of Lagrangian to certain subquotient of skeins on \(S^1 \times S^1 \times [0,1] \).

Sept. 19: Andrei Okounkov (UC Berkeley)

The Eisenstein spectrum and some other things

The spectral decomposition of the Hilbert space of automorphic functions is a very old and central topic in number theory, and mathematics in general. In particular, the Eisenstein series produce automorphic functions on a group G from automorphic functions on its Levi subgroups and one is interested in spectrally decomposing them. I will review some classical as well as recent results in this area, with an emphasis on some potential points of contact with the more traditional topics discussed in this seminar.

Sept. 19: Henry Liu (University of Oxford)

Multiplicative vertex algebras and wall-crossing in equivariant K-theory

I will explain how a recent “universal wall-crossing” framework of Joyce works in equivariant K-theory, which I view as a multiplicative refinement of equivariant cohomology. Enumerative invariants, possibly of strictly semistable objects living on the walls, are controlled by a certain (multiplicative version of) vertex algebra structure on the K-homology groups of the ambient stack. In very special settings like refined Vafa-Witten theory, one can obtain some explicit formulas. For moduli stacks of quiver representations, this geometric vertex algebra should be dual in some sense to the quantum loop algebras that act on the K-theory of stable loci.

Sept. 26: Robert Lipshitz (University of Oregon)

Floer homology for 3-manifolds with boundary

Ozsváth-Szabó's Heegaard Floer homology is a holomorphic curve analogue of the Seiberg-Witten Floer homology of closed 3-manifolds. Bordered Heegaard Floer homology is an extension of (one version of) Heegaard Floer homology to 3-manifolds with boundary, developed jointly with Ozsváth and Thurston. This talk is an overview of bordered Heegaard Floer homology. We will start by describing the structure and aspects of the construction of Heegaard Floer homology and bordered Floer homology, and then talk about some reinterpretations and refinements of bordered Floer homology. Some of this is work in progress with Ozsváth and Thurston.

Oct. 10: Ivan Smith

TBA

Oct. 24: Sergei Gukov

TBA

Oct. 31: Peter Koroteev

Branes and DAHA Representations

Using brane quantization, we study the representation theory of the spherical double affine Hecke algebra of type \(A_1\) in terms of the topological A-model on the moduli space of flat \(\mathop{\mathrm{SL}}(2,\mathbb{C})\)-connections on a once-punctured torus. In particular, we provide an explicit match between finite-dimensional representations and A-branes with compact support; one consequence is the discovery of new finite-dimensional indecomposable representations. We proceed to embed the A-model story in an M-theory brane construction, closely related to the one used in the 3d/3d correspondence; as a result, we identify modular tensor categories behind particular finite-dimensional representations with \(\mathop{\mathrm{PSL}}(2,\mathbb{Z})\) action. Using a further connection to the fivebrane system for the class S construction, we go on to study the relationship of Coulomb branch geometry and algebras of line operators in 4d \(\mathcal{N}=2^*\) theories to the double affine Hecke algebra.

Nov. 7: Ben Webster (Perimeter Institute and University of Waterloo)

TBA

Nov. 28: Miroslav Rapcak

TBA