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Seminar Calendar
for Graduate Geometry and Topology Seminar events the year of Thursday, October 11, 2018.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

4:00 pm in Altgeld Hall 241,Friday, September 7, 2018

A generalization of pair of pants decompositions

Jesse Huang (UIUC)

Abstract: We will talk about higher dimensional pair of pants decompositions for smooth projective hypersurfaces.

Friday, September 14, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 14, 2018

3 invariants of manifolds you won’t believe are the same!

Hadrian Quan

Abstract: We’ll start by discussing everyone’s favorite invariant: the determinant of a linear map. After generalizing this to an invariant of a chain complex, we’ll talk about three different different ways to get a number from a representation of $\pi_1(M)$: topological, analytic, and dynamical. Number 3 might surprise you!

Friday, September 21, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 21, 2018

The geometry of some low dimensional Lie groups

Ningchuan Zhang (UIUC)

Abstract: In this talk, I'll give explicit geometric descriptions of some low dimensional matrix groups. The goal is to show $\mathrm{SU}(2)\simeq S^3$ is a double cover of $\mathrm{SO}(3)$ and $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ is a double cover of the Lorentz group $\mathrm{SO}^+(1,3)$. Only basic knowledge of linear algebra and topology is assumed.

Friday, September 28, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, September 28, 2018

Integrability of the Toda lattice

Matej Penciak (UIUC)

Abstract: I will introduce topics such as the Toda lattice, the Lax matrices, and integrability.

Friday, October 5, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, October 5, 2018

An introduction to Ratner's theorem

Venkata Sai Narayana Bavisetty

Abstract: This talk will be an introduction to ergodic theory. I will start out by explaining what ergodicity means and state Ratner's theorem. I will conclude by sketching the proof of Oppenheim conjecture(now a theorem).

Friday, October 12, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, October 12, 2018

Supersymmetry and Morse theory

Lutian Zhao (UIUC)

Abstract: In 1982, Edward Witten discovered the topological invariant hidden inside the supersymmetric quantum field theory: the Morse complex can be constructed by the supersymmetric model. In this talk, I’ll try to explain the construction from the very beginning assuming no knowledge of supersymmetry as well as Morse theory. If time permitted, I’ll discuss some interpretation of index theorem by supersymmetry.

Friday, October 19, 2018

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, October 19, 2018

To Be Announced

Dan Carmody (UIUC)