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University of Oxford - Monday 6th August

The next meeting of the COW will take place at the University of Oxford on Monday 6th August. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1:30pm; all talks will take place in room L5 in the Mathematical Institute.

Schedule

Time Speaker Title
1:30pm Young-Hoon Kiem Cosection Localization and Quantum Singularity Theory
2:45pm Jon Woolf Stability Conditions with Massless Objects
4:15pm Joshua Jackson Moduli Spaces of Unstable Objects via Non-Reductive GIT

Abstracts

Young-Hoon Kiem (Seoul) - Cosection Localization and Quantum Singularity Theory
Enumerative invariants since 1995 are defined as integrals of cohomology classes over a particular homology class, called the virtual fundamental class. When there is a torus action, the virtual fundamental class is localized to the fixed points and this turned out to be the most effective technique for computation of the virtual integrals so far. About 10 years ago, Jun Li and I discovered that when there is a cosection of the obstruction sheaf, the virtual fundamental class is localized to the zero locus of the cosection. This also turned out to be quite useful for computation of Gromov-Witten invariants and more. In this talk, I will discuss a generalization of the cosection localization to real classes which provides us with a purely topological theory of Fan-Jarvis-Ruan-Witten invariants (quantum singularity theory) as well as some GLSM invariants. Based on a joint work with Jun Li at arXiv:1806.00116.
Jon Woolf (Liverpool) - Stability Conditions with Massless Objects
I will explain how the definition of Bridgeland stability condition on a triangulated category C can be generalised to allow for massless objects. This allows one to construct a partial compactification of the stability space Stab(C) in which each `boundary stratum' is related to Stab(C/N) for a thick subcategory N of C, and has a neighbourhood which fibres over (an open subset of) Stab(N). This is joint work with Nathan Broomhead, David Pauksztello, and David Ploog.
Joshua Jackson (Oxford) - Moduli Spaces of Unstable Objects via Non-Reductive GIT
Geometric Invariant Theory is a central tool in the construction of moduli spaces, and shares the property ubiquitous among such tools that certain so-called 'unstable' objects must be excluded if the moduli space is to be well behaved. However, instability in GIT is a structured phenomenon: after making a choice of a certain invariant inner product, one has the HKKN stratification of the parameter space which, morally, sorts the objects according to how unstable they are. I will explain how one can use recent results of Berczi-Doran-Hawes-Kirwan in Non-Reductive GIT to perform quotients of these unstable strata as well, extending the classifications given by classical moduli spaces. This can be carried out, at least in principle, for any moduli problem that can be posed using GIT, and I will discuss two examples in particular: unstable (i.e. singular) curves, and coherent sheaves of fixed Harder-Narasimhan type. The latter of these is joint work with Gergely Berczi, Victoria Hoskins and Frances Kirwan.

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