Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry Annual Meeting 2021

Date & Time

Tony Pantev, University of Pennsylvania

Meeting Goals:
The Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry Annual Meeting will focus on recent work which explores arithmetic, topological, and analytic refinements of the homological mirror correspondence. Alongside the foundational work needed to produce such refinements we will discuss some unexpected and exciting applications of the refined mirror constructions. Talks will highlight progress on novel and deeper aspects of the homological mirror correspondence.

On the symplectic side, these include categorical enhancements of mirror maps incorporating directly the dependence of Fukaya categories on the symplectic parameter, recent homotopy theoretic extensions of Floer theory and their implications to Hamiltonian dynamics and the topology of algebraic varieties, and strong finiteness results for symplectic homology that give rise to categorical crepant resolutions and bridge the Gross-Siebert intrinsic mirror symmetry program and the birational non-commutative geometry. On the algebraic side, talks will explore explicit mirror constructions for log and fractional Calabi-Yau varieties.

We will also investigate fundamental questions on the interaction of quantum spectra, quantum blow-up formulas, and semi-orthogonal decompositions of the derived categories of projective varieties. As an application, we will discuss how the semi-continuity of the spectrum combines with the quantum-blow up formula to produce new non-rationality criteria valid in any dimension.

Finally, on the topological side, talks will showcase a recent solution to the knot categorification problem which works uniformly for all gauge groups and is transformed non-trivially by homological mirror symmetry.

Mohammed Abouzaid
Mina Aganagic
Ludmil Katzarkov
Ailsa Keating
Maxim Kontsevich
Tsung-Ju Lee
Daniel Pomerleano
Paul Seidel

  • Agendaplus--large

    Thursday, November 18

    9:30 AMMaxim Kontsevich (Remote) | Blow-up Equivalence
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMDaniel Pomerleano | The Frobenius Property and HMS for log CY Varieties
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMLudmil Katzarkov | Spectra and Applications
    2:00 PMBREAK
    2:30 PMMina Aganagic | Homological Mirror Symmetry (HMS) and Knot Categorification
    3:30 PMBREAK
    4:00 PMPaul Seidel (Remote) | Mirror Symmetry and Noncommutative Linear Systems

    Friday, November 19

    9:30 AMAilsa Keating | Symplectomorphisms of Some Weinstein Four-Manifolds
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMTsung-Ju Lee | Mirror Symmetry on Singular Calabi–Yau Spaces
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMMohammed Abouzaid | Prospects for Floer Homotopy Theory
  • Abstractsplus--large

    Mohammed Abouzaid
    Columbia University

    Prospects for Floer Homotopy Theory

    Abouzaid will review recent progress in applying Floer homotopy theory to symplectic topology and algebraic geometry, and discuss the interaction of these ideas with homological mirror symmetry.

    Mina Aganagic
    University of California, Berkeley

    Homological Mirror Symmetry (HMS) and Knot Categorification

    In this talk, Aganagic will describe an application of homological mirror symmetry (HMS) to solve an old problem from a different branch of mathematics. The problem is to categorify Chern–Simons link invariants in a manner which is uniform with respect to the choice of a Lie algebra and originates from geometry. The solution to the knot categorification problem comes with a new relation between HMS and representation theory. There is a family of mirror pairs (X, Y), labeled by a choice of a simply laced Lie algebra, a collection of its representations, and a weight in their tensor product. Mirror symmetry should be manifest in that the derived category of equivariant coherent sheaves on X and the derived Fukaya–Seidel category of its mirror Y are both equivalent to a derived category of modules of the same associative algebra A, which turns out to be a cousin of the algebra considered by Khovanov and Lauda and by Rouquier. The action of braiding and the branes corresponding to the caps and the caps which close off braids into links all have explicit geometric and algebraic descriptions. The symplectic geometry side of mirror symmetry is a new theory generalizing Heegard–Floer theory. The generalization corresponds to replacing gl(1|1) by an arbitrary simply laced Lie algebra. Extension to nonsimply laced Lie algebras should arise by folding.

    Ailsa Keating
    University of Cambridge

    Symplectomorphisms of Some Weinstein Four-Manifolds

    Let \(M\) be the Weinstein four-manifold mirror to \(Y\backslash D\) for \((Y,D)\) a log Calabi–Yau surface; this is usually the Milnor fiber of a cusp singularity. We introduce two families of symplectomorphisms of \(M\): Lagrangian translations, which we prove are mirror to tensors with line bundles; and nodal slide recombinations, which we prove are mirror to automorphisms of \(Y\). Together with spherical twists, these are expected to generate the symplectic mapping class group of \(M\). Time permitting, some applications will be given. This is based on joint work with Paul Hacking.

    Ludmil Katzarkov
    University of Miami

    Spectra and Applications

    Katzarkov will introduce new kinds of spectra related to noncommutative Hodge structures. Applications to birational geometry will be considered.

    Maxim Kontsevich
    Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

    Blow-up Equivalence

    A couple of years ago, Kontsevich proposed a program relating Gromov–Witten invariants and birational geometry. The key step in this program is a hypothetical formula expressing genus 0 GW invariants of a blow-up of a smooth variety X at smooth center Y, in terms of those of X and Y. The exact shape of the formula turns out to be quite complicated, involving WKB solutions of certain universal family of linear ODEs depending only on one natural number, the codimension of Y in X. In his talk, Kontsevich will give the exact formulation of the blow-up formula (which is joint work in progress with Ludmil Katazrkov and Tony Yu Yue). Hypothetically, this formula extends to the equivalence between Fukaya categories of the blow-up and of the disjoint union of X and several copies of Y.

    Tsung-Ju Lee
    Harvard University

    Mirror Symmetry on Singular Calabi–Yau Spaces

    Mirror symmetry for singular Calabi–Yau spaces were discovered by Hosono, Lian, Takagi and Yau in their recent work on K3 surfaces. In this talk, Lee will construct pairs of singular Calabi–Yau varieties arising from double covers and give some numerical evidence that indicates they are mirror pairs, including Euler characteristics, Hodge numbers and orbifold Gromov–Witten invariants. Lee will also discuss these pairs from categorical perspectives.

    Daniel Pomerleano
    University of Massachusetts, Boston

    The Frobenius Property and HMS for log CY Varieties

    Pomerleano will discuss a symplectic version of the Frobenius structure conjecture, recently proven by Keel and Yu. He will then explain how this result, together with recent finiteness results for wrapped invariants of affine log Calabi–Yau varieties, allows one to prove HMS for a wide class of examples.

    Paul Seidel
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Mirror Symmetry and Noncommutative Linear Systems

    Seidel will try to survey the picture of HMS relative to an anticanonical divisor, and what this implies for the Fukaya categories of Calabi–Yau hypersurfaces.

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    5:00-6:15 PM

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    Mina Aganagic
    University of California, Berkeley

    (Homological) Knot Invariants From Mirror Symmetry

    Quantum invariants of knots (also known as Chern-Simons knot invariants) have many applications in mathematics and physics. For example, Khovanov showed in 1999 that the simplest such invariant, the Jones polynomial, arises as the Euler characteristic of a homology theory. The knot categorification problem is to find a general construction of knot homology groups and to explain their meaning: What are they homologies of?

    Mirror symmetry is another important strand in the interaction between mathematics and physics. Homological mirror symmetry, formulated by Kontsevich in 1994, naturally produces hosts of homological invariants. Sometimes, it can be made manifest, and then its striking mathematical power comes to the fore. Typically, though, it leads to invariants that have no particular interest outside of the problem at hand.

    In this lecture, Mina Aganagic will present how she recently showed there is a vast new family of mirror pairs of manifolds, for which homological mirror symmetry can be made manifest. They do lead to interesting invariants. In particular, they solve the knot categorification problem.

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