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Current contacts: Vasily Dolgushev, Ed Letzter, Martin Lorenz or Chelsea Walton
The Seminar usually takes place on Mondays at 1:30 PM in Room 617 on the sixth floor of Wachman Hall. Click on title for abstract.
Jonathan Beardsley, University of Washington
Given a fiber sequence of n-fold loop spaces X-->Y-->Z, and morphism of n-fold loop spaces Y-->BGL_1(R) for R an E_{n+1}-ring spectrum, we describe a method of producing a new morphism of (n-1)-fold loop spaces Z-->BGL_1(MX), where MX is the Thom spectrum associated to the composition X-->Y-->BGL_1(R). This new morphism has associated Thom spectrum MY, but constructed directly as an MX-module. In particular this induces a relative Thom isomorphism (i.e. a torsor structure) for MY over MX: MY \otimes_{MX} MY = MY \otimes Z. We will see a rough description of this construction as well as many examples. In many cases this torsor condition additionally satisfies a descent condition showing that the unit map MX-->MY is a Hopf-Galois extension of structured ring spectra. Moreover, the composition R-->MX-->MY describes an intermediate Hopf-Galois extension associated to thinking of X as a sub-bialgebra of Y. It seems likely that the methods described in this talk can be modified to apply to homotopy quotients of DGAs.
Johannes Flake, Rutgers University
Dirac cohomology has been employed successfully to analyze the representation theory of connected semisimple Lie groups and of degenerate affine Hecke algebras. We study a common generalization of these situations as suggested by Dan Barbasch and Siddhartha Sahi, certain PBW deformations satisfying an orthogonality condition, which we call Hopf-Hecke algebras. Besides the mentioned special cases, they also include infinitesimal Cherednik algebras as new examples. We will discuss a general result relating the Dirac cohomology with central characters, partial results on the classification of Hopf-Hecke algebras, and a concrete computation of the Dirac cohomology for infinitesimal Cherednik algebras of the general linear group. This is joint work with Siddhartha Sahi.
Chassidy Bozeman, Iowa State University
Zero forcing on a simple graph is an iterative coloring procedure that starts by initially coloring vertices white and blue and then repeatedly applies the following color change rule: if any vertex colored blue has exactly one white neighbor, then that neighbor is changed from white to blue. Any initial set of blue vertices that can color the entire graph blue is called a zero forcing set. The zero forcing number is the cardinality of a minimum zero forcing set. A well known result is that the zero forcing number of a simple graph is an upper bound for the maximum nullity of the graph (the largest possible nullity over all symmetric real matrices whose (ij)-th entry (for distinct i and j) is nonzero whenever {i,j} is an edge in G and is zero otherwise). A variant of zero forcing, known as power domination (motivated by the monitoring of the electric power grid system), uses the power color change rule that starts by initially coloring vertices white and blue and then applies the following rules: 1) In step 1, for any white vertex w that has a blue neighbor, change the color of w from white to blue. 2) For the remaining steps, apply the color change rule. Any initial set of blue vertices that can color the entire graph blue using the power color change rule is called a power dominating set. We present results on the power domination problem of a graph by considering the power dominating sets of minimum cardinality and the amount of steps necessary to color the entire graph blue.
Vasily Dolgushev, Temple University
I will introduce the concept of a star product and outline Fedosov's construction for star products on an arbitrary symplectic manifold. I will also state the classification theorem for star products on a symplectic manifold.
Lev Borisov, Rutgers University
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Maitreeyee Kulkarni, Louisiana State University
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Lia Vas, University of the Sciences
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