Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2024

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The seminar normally meets 2:30-3:30pm on Fridays, in the room Van Vleck B317.

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Spring 2024 Schedule

date speaker title host/link to talk
February 16 Sean Cotner (Michigan) Schemes of homomorphisms Josh
February 23 Lingfei Yi (Minnesota) Slices in the loop spaces of symmetric varieties Dima/Josh
March 18 (Monday) Marton Hablicsek TBA Andrei/Dima
March 29 TBA TBA Josh

Abstracts

Sean Cotner

Schemes of homomorphisms

Given two algebraic groups G and H, it is natural to ask whether the set Hom(G, H) of homomorphisms from G to H can be parameterized in a useful way. In general, this is not possible, but there are well-known partial positive results (mainly due to Grothendieck). In this talk I will describe essentially optimal conditions on G and H under which Hom(G, H) is a scheme. There will be many examples, and we will see how a geometric perspective on Hom(G, H) can be useful in studying concrete questions. Time permitting, I will discuss some aspects of the theory of Hom schemes over a base.

Lingfei Yi

Slices in the loop spaces of symmetric varieties

Let X be a symmetric variety. J. Mars and T. Springer constructed conical transversal slices to the closure of Borel orbits on X and used them to show that the IC-complexes for the orbit closures are pointwise pure. This is an important geometric ingredient in their work providing a more geometric approach to the results of Lusztig-Vogan. In the talk, I will discuss a generalization of Mars-Springer's construction of transversal slices to the setting of the loop space LX of X where we consider closures of spherical orbits on LX. I will also explain its applications to the formality conjecture in the relative Langlands duality. If time permits, I will discuss similar constructions for Iwahori orbits. This is a joint work with Tsao-Hsien Chen.