Dates: December 11 - 15, 2023
Location: Lakeside Village Auditorium, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL
Organizers: Oscar Garcia Prada, Juerg Andersen, Ernesto Lupercio, Tony Pantev
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The goal of this conference is to celebrate the impact of half a century of Hitchin's mathematics. New geometric structures emerging from the Hitchin School. The event is jointly organized by the Institute for the Mathematical Sciences of the Americas (IMSA) at the University of Miami, and the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences (ICMS-Sofia) at the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics in Sofia.
10:00am | |
11:15am |
Gil Cavalcanti, Universiteit Utrecht |
1:30pm |
Jose Seade, UNAM: Discrete group actions on the complex projective plane CP^2 Classical Kleinian groups are discrete groups of automorphisms of the projective line CP^1. The study of their geometry and dynamics has been for decades the paradigm of complex geometry and holomorphic dynamics. In this talk I will speak about discrete group actions on the projective plane CP^2. This is joint work with several colleagues in Mexico. |
2:45pm |
Richard Wentworth, University of Maryland: Asymptotics in Hitchin's moduli space The moduli space of rank 2 Higgs bundles has a much studied very rich structure related to integrable systems, hyperkaehler reduction, mirror symmetry, and supersymmetric gauge theory. The space admits different notions of ideal points at infinity, arising from its various incarnations via the nonabelian Hodge theorem. In this talk, I will present results comparing this asymptotic behavior. One is a refinement of the Morgan-Shalen compactification of the Betti moduli space. A second comes from the algebraic geometry of the C-star action on the moduli space. And third arises from analytic "limiting configurations" of solutions to the Hitchin equations. I will discuss how the nonabelian Hodge correspondence extends as a map between the latter two (partial) compactifications. Somewhat surprisingly, the extension is not continuous. |
4:00pm |
Marcos Jardim, UNICAMP: Instanton sheaves, the next frontier I will outline the history of instanton sheaves on 3 dimensional varieties, from the Atiyah--Ward correspondence and the ADHM construction in the 1970s until the most recent advances involving Bridgeland stability conditions. This is based on joint work with G. Comaschi, C. Martinez, and D. Mu. |
5:00pm |
Nigel Hitchin, Oxford University: Click here for more information |
10.00am |
Carlos Simpson, University of Nice: Parabolic Higgs bundles corresponding to the Hecke eigensheaves appearing in the geometric Langlands program In this talk we'll describe current work with Ron Donagi and Tony Pantev on their general conjectural program for the construction of Hecke eigensheaves using nonabelian Hodge theory. Their previous work treated the case of the projective line minus 5 points. Here, we consider a curve X of genus 2. Starting from a rank 2 local system on X, the geometric Langlands program associates a local system of rank 8 on a Zariski open subset of the moduli stack Bun of rank 2 bundles. We show how to describe the associated parabolic logarithmic Higgs bundle. In particular, the spectral variety is a very natural one: it is the Hitchin fiber corresponding to the input local system, viewed as a subvariety of T^*(Bun). |
11:15am |
Bảo Châu Ngô, University of Chicago |
1:30pm |
Tamas Hausel, Institute of Science and Technology Austria |
3:00pm |
Karen Uhlenbeck, University of Texas at Austin: Click here for more information |
4:15pm |
Anna Wienhard, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences: Positivity and higher Teichmüller spaces About thirty years ago, Hitchin introduced the Teichmüller components in varieties of representations of surface groups into split real Lie groups of higher rank. Over the past twenty years we learned that these are in fact one family in a larger class of examples, which are realted to positivity in Lie groups. I will introduce the relevant notion of positivity, discuss positive representations and why they form connected components, and in the end will discuss a few open questions and conjectures. |
10.00am |
Dan Freed, Harvard University: Complex Chern-Simons invariants of 3-manifolds via abelianization A hyperbolic 3-manifold M carries a flat PSL(2;C)-connection whose Chern-Simons invariant has been much studied since the early 1980's. For example, its real part is the volume of M. Explicit formulas in terms of a triangulation involve the dilogarithm. In joint work with Andy Neitzke we use 3-dimensional spectral networks to abelianize the computation of complex Chern-Simons invariants. The locality of the Chern-Simons invariant, expressed in the language of topological field theory, plays an important role. The dilogarithm arises from a novel construction involving Chern-Simons invariants of flat C*-connections over a 2-torus. |
11:15am |
Ernesto Lupercio, CINVESTAV |
1:15pm |
Ron Donagi, UPenn |
2:15pm |
Brian Collier, University of California: Hodge theory for Poisson varieties and nonperturbative quantization Kontsevich's deformation quantization formula associates to any Poisson manifold an algebra of "quantum observables", defined as a noncommutative deformation of the product of functions. The formula is Feynman-style series expansion, whose coefficients are multiple zeta values, making it intractable for direct calculation. Following a suggestion of Kontsevich, I will explain how K-theory and mixed Hodge structures can be used to construct natural "period coordinates" on the moduli space of smooth Poisson varieties, in which the quantization can often be computed simply, explicitly and nonperturbatively as the exponential map for a complex torus. This gives a conceptual explanation for the appearance of various classical transcendental functions in the relations defining well-known noncommutative algebras. This talk is based on forthcoming joint work with A. Lindberg. |
3:00pm |
Steven Bradlow, University of Illinois: Components of Higgs bundle moduli spaces as a legacy of Hitchin’s ideas In three groundbreaking papers in 1987 and 1992 Hitchin defined the objects we now know as Higgs bundles on a Riemann surface and explored a remarkable range of features of their moduli spaces. We will survey what has been learned since that time about the components of these moduli spaces, highlighting - in the spirit of this meeting - how the seeds of ideas and techniques introduced over thirty years ago continue to bear fruit. |
4:30pm |
Round Table: Future of Hitchin Mathematics - Ron Donagi, Jorgen Andersen, Oscar Garcia, Dan Freed & Marco Gualteri: Future of Hitchin Mathematics |
10:00am |
Marco Gualteri, University of Toronto |
11:15am |
Ljudmila Kamenova, Stony Brook: Twistor spaces and compact manifolds admitting both Kaehler and non-Kaehler structures Let's recall the classical problem of finding compact differentiable manifolds that can carry both Kähler and non-Kähler complex structures. Such examples were first constructed independently by M. Atiyah, A. Blanchard and E. Calabi in the 1950's. In the 1980's Tsanov gave the first example of a simply connected manifold that admits both Kähler and non-Kähler complex structures - the twistor space of a K3 surface. We show that the quaternion twistor space of a hyperkähler manifold has the same property - it is a simply connected manifold of higher dimension that admits both Kähler and non-Kähler complex structures. |
1:30pm |
Ana Peón- |
3:00pm |
Karen Uhlenbeck, University of Texas at Austin: Click here for more information |
4:15pm |
Vestislav Apostolov, Université du Québec à Montréal: The Calabi problem in generalized Kahler geometry The notion of a generalized Kahler (GK) structure was introduced in the early 2000’s by Hitchin and Gualtieri in order to provide a geometric framework of certain nonlinear sigma model theories that has been studied in physics. Since then, the subject developed rapidly. It is now realized, thanks to Hitchin, that GK structures are naturally attached to Kahler manifolds endowed with a holomorphic Poisson structure. Inspired by Calabi’s program in Kahler geometry, which aims at finding a ''canonical” Kahler metric in a fixed deRham class, and recent works by Goto and Gualtieri, I will present in this talk an approach towards a “generalized Kahler” version of Calabi’s problem motivated by an infinite dimensional moment map formalism. As an application, I will give an essentially complete resolution of this problem in the case of a toric complex Poisson variety. Based on a joint work with J. Streets and Y. Ustinovskiy. |
10:00am |
Yuri Tschinkel, New York University: Equivariant geometry of cubics (joint with Boehning--von Bothmer and Cheltsov--Zhang) I will discuss applications of new invariants in equivariant birational geometry to cubic threefolds and fourfolds. |
11:15am |
Anna Fino, Florida Internation University: An overview on closed G_2-structures Closed G_2-structures on 7-manifolds are defined by closed positive 3-forms and constitute the starting point in various known and potential methods to obtain holonomy G_2-metrics. The fact that G_2 might be the holonomy group of certain Riemannian 7-manifolds was first suggested by the 1955 classification theorem of Marcel Berger, but the construction of holonomy G_2-metrics turned out to be a very difficult task. One method to obtain local metrics with holonomy in G_2 starting from a 6-manifold is by solving the so-called Hitchin flow equations. Although linear, the closed condition for a G_2-structure is very restrictive, and no general results on the existence of closed G_2-structures on compact 7-manifolds are known. In the seminar I will review known examples of compact 7-manifolds admitting a closed G_2-structure. Moreover, I will discuss some results on exact G_2-structures and the behaviour of the Laplacian G_2-flow starting from a closed G_2-structure whose induced metric satisfies suitable extra conditions. This flow can be interpreted in the compact setting as the gradient flow of the Hitchin volume functional. |
12:30pm |
Brent Pym, McGill University: Hodge theory for Poisson varieties and nonperturbative quantization Kontsevich's deformation quantization formula associates to any Poisson manifold an algebra of "quantum observables", defined as a noncommutative deformation of the product of functions. The formula is Feynman-style series expansion, whose coefficients are multiple zeta values, making it intractable for direct calculation. Following a suggestion of Kontsevich, I will explain how K-theory and mixed Hodge structures can be used to construct natural "period coordinates" on the moduli space of smooth Poisson varieties, in which the quantization can often be computed simply, explicitly and nonperturbatively as the exponential map for a complex torus. This gives a conceptual explanation for the appearance of various classical transcendental functions in the relations defining well-known noncommutative algebras. This talk is based on forthcoming joint work with A. Lindberg. |
2:45pm |
Ruxandra Moraru, University of Waterloo: Commuting pairs of generalized structures, para-hyper-Hermitian geometry and Born geometry Let $M$ be a smooth manifold with tangent bundle $T$ and cotangent bundle $T^*$. By a generalized structure on $M$, we mean an endomorphism of $T \oplus T^*$ that squares to $\pm Id_{T \oplus T^*}$. In this talk, we consider pairs of generalized structures on $M$ whose product is a generalized metric. An example of such commuting pairs is given by generalized K\"ahler structures. There are three other types of such commuting pairs: generalized para-K\"ahler, generalized chiral and generalized anti-K\"ahler structures. We discuss the integrability of these structures and explain how para-hyper-Hermitian and Born geometry fit into this generalized context. |
3:45pm |
Jeffrey Streets, University of California-Irvine: Calabi-Yau theory in generalized Kahler geometry The Calabi-Yau theorem plays a central role in Kahler geometry. In this talk I will survey various recent results extending aspects of this theory to the setting of generalized Kahler geometry. We will exhibit a relationship between Gualtieri’s Calabi-Yau equation and certain supergravity equations of motion. I will then discuss a geometric flow approach to constructing solutions using the generalized Kahler-Ricci flow, and describe various global existence and convergence results for this flow. |
Ngo Bao Chau | University of Chicago |
Nigel Hitchin | University of Oxford |
Dan Freed | University of Texas at Austin |
Carlos Simpson | University of Nice |
Ron Donagi | University of Pennsylvania |
Marco Gualtieri | University of Oxford |
Jose Seade | UNAM |