Organizers: Basak Gurel, Gennadi Kasparov, Ioana
Mondays, 4:10 in SC 1432 (unless
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Speaker: Zhizhang Xie,
Title: Some secondary geometric invariants
Secondary invariants are important in geometry and topology. While
primary invariants only depend on the topology of the underlining
manifolds, secondary invariants also depend on certain auxiliary
geometric data (e.g. metrics or connections etc. ) of the underlining
manifolds. Some of the well-known secondary invariants are Chern-Simon
invariants, eta invariant and rho invariant, where the latter two were
introduced by Atiyah, Patodi and Singer.
In this talk, I will discuss some of my recent work and joint work with others on these secondary invariants (and their higher versions). In particular, I shall talk about the higher eta invariant and the higher rho invariant, and their connections to the Baum-Connes conjecture and positive scalar curvature problems.
Monday, February 18th,
Speaker: Ioana Suvaina, Vanderbilt University
Title: On the normalized Ricci flow and smooth structures on 4-manifolds
Abstract: There is a strong relation between the existence of non-singular solutions for the normalized Ricci flow and the underlying smooth structure of a 4-manifold. We are going to discuss an obstruction to the existence of non-singular solutions and its applications. The main examples are connected sums of complex projective planes and complex projective planes with reversed orientation. The key ingredients in our methods are the Seiberg-Witten Theory and symplectic topology. This is joint work with M. Ishida and R. Rasdeaconu.
Monday, February 25th,
Speaker: Rares Rasdeaconu, Vanderbilt University
Title: ALE Ricci-flat Kahler surfaces and weighted projective spaces
explicit ALE Ricci-flat Kahler metrics constructed by
Eguchi-Hanson, Gibbons-Hawking, Hitchin and Kronheimer, and their free
quotients are Tian-Yau metrics. The proof relies on a construction of
appropriate compactifications of Q-Gorenstein smoothings of quotient
singularities as log del Pezzo surfaces. Time permitting, a
geometric description of the compactifications will be provided.
This is a joint work with I. Suvaina.
Speaker: Marcus Khuri, Stony Brook University
15th, joint with Subfactor Seminar, 4:10-5:00, in SC 1432
Speaker: Kamran Reihani, Northern Arizona University
Title: Noncommutative Metrics for Dynamical Systems
Spectral triple is the fundamental object of the metric aspects of
Connes' noncommutative geometry. A spectral metric space is a spectral
triple (A, H, D) with additional properties guaranteeing that the
Connes metric on the state space of A induces the weak*-topology. It
is, in fact, the noncommutative analog of a complete metric space. Let
(A,H,D) be a spectral metric space and G be a group of automorphisms of
A. In this talk I will consider the problem of whether there is a
natural spectral triple for the crossed product algebra C*(G,A) that
can characterize the metric properties of the dynamical system (G,A). I
will discuss a solution to this problem when a single automorphism of A
generates G as an equicontinuous family of quasi-isometries. I will
also address the converse problem, namely, when a spectral metric space
for the crossed product gives rise to one for A. When the action is not
equicontinuous (e.g., when the action is uniformly hyperbolic),
following the philosophy of Diffeomorphism-Invariant Geometry of Connes
and Moscovici, we suggest replacing the dynamical system (G,A) by a
dynamical system (G,B), where G acts isometrically. The algebra B is
called the metric bundle associated with (G,A). Some candidates for the
metric bundle B will be introduced. This talk is based on a joint work
with Jean Bellissard and Matilde Marcolli.
Monday, March 18th, joint with Colloquium, 4:10-5:00 pm, in SC1308
Speaker: Xiu-Xiong Chen, Stony Brook University
Kaehler Einstein metrics on Fano Manifolds
Abstract: In 1980s, Yau
conjectured that the existence of Kaehler Einstein metric on Fano
manifold is related to an algebraic geometric condition of
``stability''. The recent work with Donaldson, Sun Song confirmed
this conjecture. In the talk, we will review history of
this problems as well as this subject, and we also will review earlier
work of G. Tian and others on this problems. We will
outline the strategy of proof, which involves deforming through
metrics with cone singularities. If time permits, we will
give more details about various aspects of the proof.
Friday, Saturday March 22, 23,
Speaker: Shanks workshop: "Kahler geometry on the edge"
Schedule of talks: http://www.math.vanderbilt.edu/%7Esuvaini/Workshop-2013/
Monday, March 25th, 10:00-11:30 am, in SC 1424
Speaker: Carl Tipler, University of Quebec at Montreal
informal discussion on parabolic structures on ruled surfaces
Monday, April 1st,
Speaker: Marcelo Disconzi, Vanderbilt University
Title: Analysis and Geometry in infinite dimensions
talk, first I will review how to construct a Riemannian
structure on the space of maps between two differentiable manifolds.
Then I will discuss how this construction is used to study certain
partial differential equations on manifolds, focusing on the Euler
equations and, if time allows, on the Einstein equations. If there is
still time left, I will introduce some of my recent results and
indicate directions of future research.
Monday, April 8st,
Speaker: Mustafa Kalafat, Michigan State University
Title: Topology of G_2 manifolds
analyze the topological invariants of some specific Grassmannians, the
Lie group G_2, and give some applications. This is a joint work with
Thursday, May 2nd,
Speaker: Bianca Santoro, CUNY
Title: On complete Kahler Ricci-flat metrics
will be an informal discussion about what is known about complete
Ricci-flat metrics on Kahler manifolds. We will also discuss
speculative applications to G_2 - geometry.