Geometry/Physics Seminar

Title: Towards an extension of Taubes' Gromov invariant to Calabi--Yau 3-folds
Speaker: Mohan Swaminathan
Speaker Info: Princeton University
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I will describe the construction of a virtual count of embedded pseudo-holomorphic curves of a given genus in a Calabi--Yau 3-fold lying in two times a primitive homology class. The result is an integer-valued symplectic deformation invariant with relations to Gopakumar--Vafa's BPS invariants and can viewed as an analogue of Taubes' Gromov invariant (which is defined for symplectic 4-manifolds). The construction depends on a detailed study of bifurcations of the moduli space of embedded curves along a generic path of almost complex structures and is partly motivated by Wendl's resolution of Bryan--Pandharipande's super-rigidity conjecture. This is based on joint work with Shaoyun Bai.
Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Zoom
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