Joint IAS-PU Symplectic Geometry Seminar

The many forms of rigidity for symplectic embeddings

Felix Schlenk
University of Neuchâtel
March 30, 2017
We look at the following chain of symplectic embedding problems in dimension four. \[E(1, a) \to Z_4(A),\ E(1, a) \to C_4(A),\ E(1, a) \to P(A, ba) (b \in {\mathbb N}_{\geq 2}),\ E(1, a) \to T_4(A).\] Here $E(1, a)$ is a symplectic ellipsoid, $Z_4(A)$ is the symplectic cylinder $D_2(A) \times R_2$, $C_4(A) = D_2(A) \times D_2(A)$ is the cube and $P(A, bA) = D_2(A) \times D_2(bA)$ the polydisc, and $T_4(A) = T_2(A) \times T_2(A)$, where $T_2(A)$ is the 2-torus of area $A$. In each problem we ask for the smallest $A$ for which $E(1, a)$ symplectically embeds.

Symplectic homology for cobordisms

Alexandru Oancea
Université Pierre et Marie Curie; Member, School of Mathematics
February 23, 2017
Symplectic homology for a Liouville cobordism (possibly filled at the negative end) generalizes simultaneously the symplectic homology of Liouville domains and the Rabinowitz-Floer homology of their boundaries. I intend to explain a conceptual framework within which one can understand it, and give a sample application which shows how it can be used in order to obstruct cobordisms between contact manifolds. Based on joint work with Kai Cieliebak and Peter Albers.

$C^\infty$ closing lemma for three-dimensional Reeb flows via embedded contact homology

Kei Irie
Kyoto University
February 16, 2017
$C^r$ closing lemma is an important statement in the theory of dynamical systems, which implies that for a $C^r$ generic system the union of periodic orbits is dense in the nonwondering domain. $C^1$ closing lemma is proved in many classes of dynamical systems, however $C^r$ closing lemma with $r > 1$ is proved only for few cases. In this talk, I'll prove $C^\infty$ closing lemma for Reeb flows on closed contact three-manifolds. The proof uses recent developments in quantitative aspects of embedded contact homology (ECH).

Relative quantum product and open WDVV equations

Sara Tukachinsky
University of Montreal
February 2, 2017
The standard WDVV equations are PDEs in the potential function that generates Gromov-Witten invariants. These equations imply relations on the invariants, and sometimes allow computations thereof, as demonstrated by Kontsevich-Manin (1994). We prove analogous equations for open Gromov-Witten invariants that we defined in a previous work. For ($\mathbb CP^n$ ,$\mathbb RP^n$), the resulting relations allow the computation of all invariants. The formulation of the open WDVV requires a lift of the big quantum product to relative cohomology.

$C^0$ Hamiltonian dynamics and a counterexample to the Arnold conjecture

Sobhan Seyfaddini
Member, School of Mathematics
November 29, 2016
After introducing Hamiltonian homeomorphisms and recalling some of their properties, I will focus on fixed point theory for this class of homeomorphisms. The main goal of this talk is to present the outlines of a $C^0$ counterexample to the Arnold conjecture in dimensions four and higher. This is joint work with Lev Buhovsky and Vincent Humiliere.

The gauged symplectic sigma-model

Constantin Teleman
University of California, Berkeley and Oxford University
November 15, 2016
I will recall the construction of the space of states in a gauged topological A-model. Conjecturally, this gives the quantum cohomology of Fano symplectic quotients: in the toric case, this is Batyrev’s presentation of quantum cohomology of toric varieties. Time permitting, I will discuss the role of “Coulomb branches” in gauge theory in relation to equivariant quantum and symplectic cohomology.