RESEARCH TALKS

Da Rong Cheng (University of Miami)

A mapping approach to associative submanifolds

Abstract

Based on analogy with J-holomorphic maps, Aaron Smith proposed in 2011 a class of first-order PDEs whose solutions are mappings that conformally parametrize calibrated submanifolds in ambient spaces equipped with a vector cross product. I will report on previous and recent joint works with Spiro Karigiannis (Waterloo) and Jesse Madnick (Oregon) on the analytical properties and variational characterization of these mappings, focusing on the case of associative submanifolds in ambient spaces equipped with a G2-structure.

Tristan Collins (MIT)

Complete Calabi-Yau metrics and Monge-Ampere equations

Abstract

I will describe progress towards the construction of complete Calabi-Yau metrics on the complement of ample, simple normal crossings anti-canonical divisors. This talk will discuss joint works with Y. Li, and F. Tong and S.-T. Yau.

Aleksander Doan (Trinity College & UCL) 

Cauchy-Riemann operators and quaternionic vortex equations

Abstract

It is well-known that the number of J-holomorphic curves in an almost manifold can change when we vary the almost complex structure J. I will talk about an analogous phenomenon in gauge theory on surfaces, where the number of solutions to certain partial differential equations can change when the equations are perturbed. These two phenomena are closely related, as they are both caused by a wall structure in the space of Cauchy-Riemann operators on a surface. This talk is based on joint work with Thomas Walpuski.

Shubham Dwivedi (Humboldt Universität)

Geometric flows of G2 and Spin(7)-structures

Abstract

We will discuss a family of flows of G2-structures on seven dimensional Riemannian manifolds. These flows are negative gradient flows of natural energy functionals involving various torsion components of G2-structures. We will prove short-time existence and uniqueness of solutions to the flows and a priori estimates for some specific flows in the family. We will discuss analogous flows of Spin(7)-structures. This talk is based on a joint work with Panagiotis Gianniotis and Spiro Karigiannis (arXiv:2311.05516) and another work in progress.

Teng Fei (Rutgers University Newark)

The geometry of 3-forms on symplectic 6-manifolds

Abstract

We study the geometries associated to various 3-forms on a symplectic 6-manifold of different orbital type. As an application, we show that how this can be used to find Lagrangian fibrations and other geometric structures of interest on symplectic manifolds.

Anna Fino (Università di Torino)

Strong G2-structures with torsion

Abstract

A $7$-manifold with a $G_2$-structure $\varphi$ admits a $G_2$-connection with totally skew-symmetric torsion if and only if $d * \varphi = \theta \wedge * \varphi$, where $\theta$ is the Lee form of the $G_2$-structure.
In the talk I will present recent results on $7$-manifolds admitting a $G_2$-connection with closed totally skew-symmetric torsion. In particular, I will discuss the twisted $G_2$ equation, which represents the $G_2$-analogue of the twisted Calabi-Yau equation for $SU(n)$-structures introduced by Garcia-Fernández, Rubio , Shahbazi and Tipler. The talk is based on a joint work with Lucia Merchan and Alberto Raffero.

Mario Garcia-Fernandez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and ICMA)

Pluriclosed flow and generalized geometry

Abstract

Pluriclosed flow, as introduced by Streets and Tian, is a parabolic evolution equation for hermitian metrics on a complex manifold which plays a distinguished role in the geometrization programme in complex non-Kähler geometry. In this talk I will overview the interplay between pluriclosed flow and generalized geometry and their salient implications to the existence theory. In particular, we will consider an extension of the flow for transitive courant algebroids with potential applications to Calabi-Yau threefolds. Based on joint work with J. Streets and R. Gonzalez Molina.

Andriy Haydys  (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

An index theorem for Z/2 harmonic spinors

Abstract

Multi-valued functions or sections appear in various areas of geometry and analysis, for example in the theory of minimal surfaces and in gauge theory. In this talk, I shall discuss mostly 2-valued harmonic spinors, in particular an index theorem for such objects in the setting where the branching locus is allowed to be singular. This is a joint project with R. Mazzeo and R. Takahashi.

Magdalena Larfors  (Uppsala University)

Strings and G2 structure

Abstract

Seven-dimensional, real, Riemannian manifolds with G2 structure have geometric properties that make them interesting in string theory. In this talk, I will discuss some of these aspects, and how they govern supersymmetric solutions of heterotic string theory.

Yang Li (MIT)

On the Donaldson Scaduto conjecture

Abstract

Part of the Donaldson-Scaduto conjecture is concerned with constructing certain special Lagrangians inside the Calabi-Yau 3-folds obtained from products of C with an An type hyperk¨ahler 4-manifold. We prove this conjecture by solving a real Monge-Amp`ere equation with a singular right-hand side, which produces a potentially singular special Lagrangian. Then, we prove the smoothness and asymptotic properties for the special Lagrangian using inputs from geometric measure theory. The method produces many other asymptotically cylindrical special Lagrangians. This is joint work with Saman Esfahani.

Jesse Madnick (University of Oregon)

Gauge Theory and Calibrated Geometry in Hyperkahler Manifolds

Abstract

In recent years, calibrated geometry and gauge theory in the Calabi-Yau, G2, and Spin(7) settings have seen significant advances. By contr