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Thu Sep 19

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
D=4, N=1 Compactifications of Maximal Supergravities via Generalised Geometry - Kahler potentials, superpotentials and moduli
David Tennnyson, Imperial College London

We analyse compactifications of 11 dimensional or type II supergravity down to 4 dimensional Minkowski space for generic flux and generic internal Killing spinors. We note the failure of conventional differential geometry to capture the generic features of the theory and show that the correct formalism comes in the form of a closed form Leibniz algebroid - or as we call it in the physics community, generalised geometry. Our structure is similar to the generalised geometry of Hitchin, but now the structure group is the non-compact exceptional group E_{7(7)}x R^{+}. It turns out that having N=1 supersymmetry in the effective theory on Minkowski space is equivalent to an integrable SU(7) structure on the generalised tangent bundle. We provide the tensors that define the SU(7) structure and give the integrability conditions. Finally we provide an expression for the Kahler potential on the space of structures, the superpotential of the lower dimensional theory, and we explore the moduli of these structures giving explicit answers in certain cases.

Tue Sep 24

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Sep 26

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Oct 01

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Oct 03

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Oct 08

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Oct 10

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Oct 15

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Oct 17

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Oct 22

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Oct 24

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Oct 29

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Oct 31

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Nov 05

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Nov 07

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Nov 12

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Nov 14

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Nov 19

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Nov 21

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Geometry of degenerating Calabi-Yau manifolds
Ruobing Zhang, Stony Brook

This talk concerns a family of "collapsing" Ricci-flat Kähler manifolds, namely Calabi-Yau manifolds, converging to a lower dimensional limit, which develop singularities arising in various contexts such as metric Riemannian geometry, complex geometry and degenerating nonlinear equations. A primary aspect is to formulate how well behaved or badly behaved such spaces can be in terms of the recently developed regularity theory. Under the above framework, our next focus is on a longstanding fundamental problem which is to understand singularities of collapsing Ricci-flat metrics along an algebraically degenerating family. We will give accurate characterizations of such metrics and explain possible generalizations.

Mon Nov 25

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

10:10am - Vincent Hall 203A
Differential Signatures and Algebraic Curves
Michael Ruddy,, Max Planck Institute

For the action of a group on the plane, the group equivalence problem for curves can be stated as: given two curves, decide if they are related by an element of the group. The signature method, using differential invariants, to answer the local group equivalence problem for smooth curves and its application to image science has been extensively studied. For planar algebraic curves under subgroups of the general linear group, we show that this provides a method to associate a unique algebraic curve to each equivalence class, the algebraic curve's signature curve. However, computing the implicit equation of the signature curve is a challenging problem. In this talk we consider signatures of algebraic curves, show how to compute the degree without computing its defining polynomial explicitly, and present some results on the structure of signature curves for generic algebraic curves of fixed degree. Additionally we show that this leads to a method to solve the group equivalence problem for algebraic curves using numerical algebraic geometry.

Thu Nov 28

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Dec 03

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Dec 05

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Einstein's gravity and stability of black holes
Pei-Ken Hung, MIT

Though Einstein's fundamental theory of general relativity has already celebrated its one hundredth birthday, there are still many outstanding unsolved problems. The Kerr stability conjecture is one of the most important open problems, which posits that the Kerr metrics are stable solutions of the vacuum Einstein equation. Over the past decade, there have been huge advances towards this conjecture based on the study of wave equations in black hole spacetimes and structures in the Einstein equation. In this talk, I will discuss the recent progress in the stability problems with special focus on the wave gauge.

Tue Dec 10

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology Seminar
TBA
Thu Dec 12

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Tue Dec 17

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA
Thu Dec 19

Differential Geometry and Symplectic Topology Seminar

1:25pm - Vincent Hall 570
Differential Geometry and Sympletic Topology
TBA