Berkeley Informal String-Math Seminar

Organized by Mina Aganagic, Ivan Danilenko, 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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For those joining us remotely, we have a Zoom link:

Schedule of talks for Fall 2023:

Aug 28 Yin Lee Hypertoric convolution algebras as Fukaya categories Video
Sept 4 No Seminar
Sept 11 No Seminar
Sept 18 Sujay Nair The SCFT/VOA correspondence for twisted class S
Sept 25 No Seminar
Oct 2 Justin Hilburn TBA
Oct 9 Alexei Oblomkov TBA
Oct 16 Niklas Garner TBA
Oct 23 Shaoyun Bai TBA
Oct 30 Nathan Haouzi TBA
Nov 6
Nov 13
Nov 20 No Seminar
Nov 27 Mykola Dedushenko TBA
Dec 4

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:

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YouTube video archive


Aug. 28: Yin Lee (Columbia University)

Hypertoric convolution algebras as Fukaya categories

Given a polarized hyperplane arrangement, Braden-Licata-Proudfoot-Webster defined two convolution algebras: A & B. We show that both of them can be realized as Fukaya categories of hypertoric varieties. This proves a conjecture of Braden-Licata-Phan-Proudfoot-Webster in 2009 and gives a geometric interpretation of the Koszul duality between A & B. The proof relies on the construction of non-commutative vector fields on Fukaya categories (Abouzaid-Smith), the surgery quasi-isomorphism for singular Legendrians (Asplund-Ekholm), and the cobar interpretation of the Chekanov-Eliashberg DGA (Ekholm-Lekili). Time permitted, I'll also talk about the homological mirror symmetry for hypertoric varieties and the relation to knot Floer homology. This is based on joint works in progress with Sukjoo Lee, Siyang Liu and Cheuk Yu Mak.

Sept. 18: Sujay Nair (UC Berkeley)

The SCFT/VOA correspondence for twisted class S

In 2013, Beem-Lemos-Liendo-Peelaers-Rastelli-van Rees constructed a correspondence between four dimensional N=2 SCFTs, a certain kind of supersymmetric quantum field theory, and vertex algebras. When applied to the theories of class S, one obtains a rich family of vertex algebras which furnish novel representations of critical level, affine Kac-Moody algebras. Moreover, these vertex algebras satisfy an intricate set of gluing relations, arising from the geometric origins of class S.

I will review a construction of this family, due to Arakawa. Then I will explain an extension of this work to the setting of twisted class S, where modules of two different affine Kac-Moody algebras are sewn together. This talk is based on joint work with Christopher Beem.

Oct. 2: Justin Hilburn (Perimeter Institute)


Oct. 9: Alexei Oblomkov (UMass Amherst)


Oct. 16: Niklas Garner (University of Washington)


Oct. 23: Shaoyun Bai (Simons Center)


Oct. 30: Nathan Haouzi (IAS)


Nov. 27: Mykola Dedushenko (Simons Center for Geometry and Physics)