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GASC Seminar “Combinatorics of Cluster Structures in Schubert Varieties” by Melissa Sherman-Bennett (Harvard)

Abstract: The (affine cone over the) Grassmannian is a prototypical example of a variety with "cluster structure"; that is, its coordinate ring is a cluster algebra. Scott (2006) gave a combinatorial description of this cluster algebra in terms of Postnikov's plabic graphs. It has been conjectured essentially since Scott's result that Schubert varieties also have a cluster structure with a description in terms of plabic graphs. I will discuss recent…

"Heterotic Catastrophe Theory" by Ilarion Melnikov (Harvard)

GASC talk by Ilarion Melnikov: There is a well-known correspondence between the algebraic geometry of quasi-homogeneous affine singularities and the physics of two-dimensional supersymmetric Landau-Ginzburg quantum field theories. This correspondence has played an important role in mathematical physics, for instance in elucidating aspects of the mirror symmetry correspondence. I will discuss a generalization of this structure to certain quasi-homogeneous ideals and associated "heterotic" Landau-Ginzburg theories. My emphasis will be on…
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GASC Seminar “Connected sums of graded Artinian Gorenstein algebras” by Chris McDaniel (Endicott College)

Abstract: Connected sums were defined for local Gorenstein algebras by Ananthnarayan Avramov-Moore (A-A-M) in a 2012 paper. In the graded Artinian case, this construction is related to a topological construction that pastes two manifolds together along a common submanifold. In this case, the A-A-M construction can be described using algebraic versions of the Thom class of the normal bundle of a submanifold. We discuss this description here, as well as…

“Symmetries of maps and oriented maps via action graphs'' by Tomaz Pisanski (U. Ljubljana)

GASC talk by Tomaz Pisansky: We define action graphs as semi-directed graphs in which the edge set is partitioned into directed 2-factors and undirected 1-factors and use them to describe several combinatorial structures, such as maps and oriented maps. The quotient of the action graph with respect to its automorphism group is called the symmetry type graph and is very useful in connection with map symmetries and orientation preserving symmetries.…
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GASC Seminar “Macaulay Duality over Any Base” by Steven Kleiman (MIT)

Abstract: Traditionally, Macaulay Duality furnishes a useful canonical bijective correspondence between Artinian quotients of a polynomial ring over a base field and modules of linear functionals on forms. In joint work in progress with Jan Kleppe of Oslo, this duality is generalized over an arbitrary Noetherian base ring, thus providing a suitable framework for studying a family of Artinian quotients by investigating its dual family.

"Moduli Spaces of Stable Pairs" by Yinbang Lin (Northeastern)

GASC talk by Yinbang Lin: I will construct a moduli space of stable pairs of sheaves over a smooth projective variety, parametrizing morphisms from a fixed coherent sheaf to a varying pure sheaf of fixed topological type, subject to a stability condition. This generalizes the notion used by Pandharipande and Thomas, following Le Potier, where the fixed sheaf is the structure sheaf of the variety. I will then describe the…
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GASC Seminar “Chapoton triangles from multidimensional Catalan objects” by Thomas McConville (MSRI)

Abstract: Chapoton triangles are polynomials in two variables defined by Coxeter-Catalan objects. These polynomials are related by some remarkable identities that only depend on the rank of the associated (finite) Coxeter system. The multidimensional Catalan numbers enumerate the number of standard Young tableaux of a rectangular shape. It also counts the number the vertices of a polytope known as the Grassmann associahedron. Using the structure of this polytope, I will…

“The Craighero-Gattazzo surface is simply connected'' by Julie Rana (Marlboro College)

GASC seminar by Julie Rana (Marlboro College) ``We show that the Craighero-Gattazzo surface, the minimal resolution of an explicit complex quintic surface with four elliptic singularities, is simply-connected. This was first conjectured by Dolgachev and Werner. The proof utilizes an interesting technique: to prove a topological fact about a complex surface we use algebraic reduction mod p and deformation theory. Joint with Jenia Tevelev and Giancarlo Urz'ua.
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GASC Seminar “Affine Evacuation and Its Fixed Points” by Gabriel Frieden (LaCIM, Montreal)

In this talk, we'll share an explicit description of the corresponding "affine evacuation'' map on tabloids, and we show that the number of tabloids fixed by this map is equal to the evaluation of a certain Green's polynomial at q = -1. Along the way, we discover a combinatorial interpretation of the evaluation of the Kostka-Foulkes polynomials at q=-1. These findings are based on joint work with Mike Chmutov, Dongkwan…

“Compactifying the Family of Smooth Quadrics'' by Cesar Lozano Huerta

GASC Seminar: by Cesar Huerta (Harvard University): In this talk, I will focus on compactifying the family of smooth quadric hypersurfaces in projective space using tools from the Minimal Model Program. I will also discuss work in progress on the Hilbert scheme of curves in projective 3-space which borrows ideas and properties from the quadric-hypersurface case.

Self-Linking for Legendrian Knots

Mathematics Assistant Professor Chris Beasley will deliver this GASC talk. The Thurston-Bennequin invariant provides one notion of self-linking for any homologically-trivial Legendrian curve in a contact three-manifold. Here we discuss another notion of self-linking for Legendrian knots in R^3. Our definition is based upon a reformulation of the elementary Gauss linking integral and is motivated by ideas from supersymmetric gauge theory. This talk is based upon joint work with Brendan…

GASC Seminar “Self-dual puzzles in Schubert calculus” by Iva Halacheva (Northeastern)

Abstract: Puzzles in Schubert calculus were originally developed by A. Knutson and T. Tao as combinatorial objects for computing the expansion of the product of two Grassmannian Schubert classes. I will describe how self-dual puzzles in turn allow us to compute the restriction of a Grassmannian Schubert class to the symplectic Grassmannian in equivariant cohomology. The proof uses the machinery of quantum integrable systems. Time permitting, I will also discuss…