Everytopic Seminar - Spring 2015
Room 226, Goldsmith building
Organizer: Olivier Bernardi
The Everytopic Seminar is a seminar aimed at a broad audience of mathematicians.
The talks are 80 minutes long. The first half the talk should be given in a
colloquium style, and should be accessible to faculty and graduate students
from any field of mathematics. It should allow everyone to grasp the content and
significance of the results being discussed. The second half of the talk can be in
the style of a regular research seminar, providing the audience with a deeper understanding
of the results as well as some details of the proofs.
Tuesday February 3
Speaker: Siu-Cheong Lau (Harvard)
Title: A constructive and functorial approach to mirror symmetry
Abstract: Homological mirror symmetry conjecture asserts an equivalence between the category of Lagrangian submanifolds and the category of coherent sheaves of the mirror. The conjecture has been verified in several interesting cases by computing generators and relations of the categories. However such a computational approach hardly explains why homological mirror symmetry exists in general. In this talk I will introduce a mirror construction which always comes with a functor between the two categories. It produces mirrors which are not reachable by the SYZ construction, and is naturally connected with non-commutative geometry.
Tuesday February 10
Speaker: Alison Miller (Harvard)
Title: Classical knot invariants, arithmetic invariant theory, and counting simple (4q+1)-knots
Certain knot invariants coming from the Seifert matrix and Alexander polynomial of a knot have interesting number-theoretic structure. I'll explain how a classical construction of knot invariants that are ideal classes of rings fits into the context of Bhargava and Gross's arithmetic invariant theory.
I'll then discuss the following related asymptotic counting question: on the set of knots with squarefree Alexander polynomial of fixed degree and bounded height, our ideal class invariant can take on only finitely many values -- how many? This is a quantitative version of the question "how much additional information is contained in the Seifert matrix that is not captured by the Alexander polynomial?" It also has consequences in higher-dimensional knot theory, where Kearton, Levine, and Trotter identified an important class of knots, the "simple knots", which are entirely classified by higher-dimensional analogues of our invariants.
Tuesday February 24
Speaker: Dylan Rupel (Northeastern)
Tuesday March 3
Speaker: Arunima Ray (Brandeis)
Tuesday March 10
Speaker: Paul Monsky (Brandeis)
Title: Some Characteristic 2 Hecke algebras. A theme of Nicolas and Serre, with variations
Abstract: For each odd prime p, there is a formal Hecke operator Tp: Z/2[[x]] -> Z/2[[x]]. The mod 2 reductions of modular forms give rise to certain Tp stable subspsaces of Z/2[[x]]. Nicolas and Serre have analyzed the action of the Tp on a space attached to level 1 forms. Their space is spanned by the odd powers of x+x^9+x^25+x^49+... . They show that the Hecke algebra arising is a power series ring in T3 and T5.
I'll sketch an alternative proof and present related results on some spaces attached to level 3 forms. One of the Hecke algebras I get is a power series ring in T7 and T13 with an element of square 0 adjoined. My arguments are not technical, and the talk should be accessible.
Tuesday March 17
Speaker: Anna Medvedovsky (Brandeis)
Title: The nilpotence method for obtaining lower bounds for dimensions of
I will present a new method for obtaining a lower bound on the
dimension of a Hecke algebra acting on modular forms modulo a prime p.
Along the way, I will discuss linear recurrence sequences in
characteristic p. The method is elementary and the talk should be
accessible to a wide audience.
Tuesday March 24
Speaker: Jonathan Novak (MIT)
Tuesday March 31
Speaker: Charles Smart (MIT)
Here are some information about how to reach Brandeis Mathematic department.
For further information please contact:
Olivier Bernardi (bernardi at brandeis dot edu).