Members Seminar | |

Topic: | The Heisenberg Algebra in Symplectic Algebraic Geometry |

Speaker: | Anthony Licata |

Affiliation: | Member, School of Mathematics |

Date: | Monday, April 2 |

Time/Room: | 2:00pm - 3:00pm/S-101 |

Part of geometric representation theory involves constructing representations of algebras on the cohomology of algebraic varieties. A great example of such a construction is the work of Nakajima and Grojnowski, who independently constructed an action of a Heisenberg algebra on the singular cohomology of the Hilbert Scheme of points on a complex surface. Of course, there is no reason to stop at cohomology, as it is also natural to consider other vector spaces (such equivariant K-theory) or even categories (such as the derived category of coherent sheaves, or the Fukaya category). In this talk we will attempt to describe a small part of the tremendous structure (braid groups, vertex operators, affine Lie algebras,...) that emerges when one considers the symmetries of categories associated to the Hilbert scheme.