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Mohan Swaminathan (Stanford University, California, USA)
Date & Time
Tue, 14 May 2024, 15:30 to 17:00
Emmy Noether Seminar Room

“Symplectic manifolds” are a simultaneous generalization of (i) phase spaces from Hamiltonian mechanics and (ii) “algebraic varieties”, i.e., solution spaces to systems of polynomial equations in complex n-dimensional space. As a result, the study of these objects involves a rich interplay of techniques from various parts of mathematics and physics. Some natural questions in this field include: Which smooth manifolds admit symplectic structures? How does their topology influence the behaviour of Hamiltonian systems on them? How different is a general symplectic manifold from an algebraic variety? To tackle questions of this form, an extremely versatile tool is the study of “holomorphic curves” in symplectic manifolds. I will explain what these objects are and how they help us answer symplectic questions. I will then talk about some of my work which focuses on the geometry of moduli spaces of holomorphic curves and their compactifications.

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Meeting ID: 957 3541 5419
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