Graduate/Postdoc Topology and Singularities Seminar
The old Graduate Singularities Seminar will meet as a Graduate/Postdoc Topology and Singularities Seminar in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016.
If you would like to present a topic, please contact Tommy Wong. The seminar meets on \textbf{Thursdays at 4pm} (note the recent change of time) in B139VV.
Fall 2015
Thursdays 4pm in B139VV
date | speaker | title |
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Sept. 24 (Th) | KaiHo (Tommy) Wong | Twisted Alexander Invariant for Knots and Plane Curves |
Oct. 1 (Th) | Alexandra (Sashka) Kjuchukova | Linking numbers and branched covers I |
Oct. 8 (Th) | Alexandra (Sashka) Kjuchukova | Linking numbers and branched covers II |
Oct. 15 (Th) | Manuel Gonzalez Villa | On poles of zeta functions and monodromy conjecture I |
Oct. 22 (Th) | Yun Su (Suky) | Pretalk Higher-order degrees of hypersurface complements., Survey on Alexander polynomial for plane curves. |
Oct. 29 (Th) | Yun Su (Suky) | Aftertalk Higher-order degrees of hypersurface complements. |
Nov. 5 (Th) | Manuel Gonzalez Villa | On poles of zeta functions and monodromy conjecture II |
Nov. 12 (Th) | TBA | TBA |
Nov. 19 (Th) | Eva Elduque | TBA |
Dec. 3 (Th) | Eva Elduque | TBA |
Dec. 10 (Th) | KaiHo (Tommy) Wong | Pretalk Milnor Fiber of Complex Hyperplane Arrangements |
Abstracts
Th, Sep 24: Tommy
Twisted Alexander Invariant of Knots and Plane Curves.
I will introduced three invariants of knots and plane curves, fundamental group, Alexander polynomial, and twisted Alexander polynomial. Some basic examples will be used to illustrate how Alexander polynomial or twisted Alexander polynomial can be computed from the fundamental group. If time permits, I will survey some known facts about twisted Alexander invariant of plane curves.
Th, Oct 1 and 8: Sashka
Linking numbers and branched coverings I and II
Let K be a knot in S^3, and let M be a non-cyclic branched cover of S^3 with branching set K. The linking numbers between the branch curves in M, when defined, are an invariant of K which can be traced back to Reidemeister and was used by Ken Perko in the 60s to distinguish 25 new knot types not detected by their Alexander Polynomials. In addition to this classical result, recent work in the study of branched covers of four-manifolds with singular branching sets leads us to consider the linking of other curves in M besides the branch curves.
In these two talks, I will outline Perko's original method for computing linking in a branched cover, and I will give a brief overview of its classical applications. Then, I'll describe a suitable generalization of his method, and explain its relevance to a couple of open questions in the classification of branched covers between four-manifolds.
Th, Oct 15 and Nov 5: Manuel
On poles of zeta functions and monodromy conjecture I and II
Brief introduction to topological and motivic zeta functions and their relations. Statement of the monodromy conjecture. Characterization and properties of poles of the in the case of plane curves. Open problems in the case of quasi-ordinary singularities.
Spring 2014
We continue with Professor Alex Suciu's work.
Fall 2014
We follow Professor Alex Suciu's work this semester.
http://www.northeastern.edu/suciu/publications.html
But we will not meet at a regular basis.
Spring 2014
We meet on Tuesdays 3:30-4:25pm in room B211.
date | speaker | title |
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Feb. 25 (Tue) | Yongqiang Liu | Monodromy Decomposition I |
Mar. 4 (Tue) | Yongqiang Liu | Monodromy Decomposition II |
Mar. 25 (Tue) | KaiHo Wong | Conjecture of lower bounds of Alexander polynomial |
Apr. 8 (Tue) | Yongqiang Liu | Nearby Cycles and Alexander Modules |
Fall 2013
We are learning Hodge Theory this semester and will be following three books:
1. Voisin, Hodge Theory and Complex Algebraic Geometry I & II
2. Peters, Steenbrink, Mixed Hodge Structures
We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12 at noon to 1pm in room 901.
date | speaker | title |
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Sep. 18 (Wed) | KaiHo Wong | Discussions on book material |
Sep. 25 (Wed) | Yongqiang Liu | Milnor Fibration at infinity of polynomial map |
Oct. 9 (Wed) | KaiHo Wong | Discussions on book material |
Oct. 16 (Wed) | Yongqiang Liu | Polynomial singularities |
Nov. 13 (Wed) | KaiHo Wong | Discussions on book material |
Spring 2013
date | speaker | title |
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Feb. 6 (Wed) | Jeff Poskin | Toric Varieties III |
Feb.13 (Wed) | Yongqiang Liu | Intersection Alexander Module |
Feb.20 (Wed) | Yun Su (Suky) | How do singularities change shape and view of objects? |
Feb.27 (Wed) | KaiHo Wong | Fundamental groups of plane curves complements |
Mar.20 (Wed) | Jörg Schürmann (University of Münster, Germany) | Characteristic classes of singular toric varieties |
Apr. 3 (Wed) | KaiHo Wong | Fundamental groups of plane curves complements II |
Apr.10 (Wed) | Yongqiang Liu | Milnor fiber of local function germ |
Apr.17 (Wed) 2:45pm-3:45pm (Note the different time) | KaiHo Wong | Formula of Alexander polynomials of plane curves |
Abstracts
Wed, 2/27: Tommy
Fundamental groups of plane curves complements
I will sketch the proof of the Zariski-Van Kampen thereon and say some general results about the fundamental groups of plane curves complements. In particular, we will investigate, under what conditions, these groups are abelian. Some simple examples will be provided. And if time permits, some classical examples of Zariski and Oka will be computed.
Fall 2012
date | speaker | title |
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Sept. 18 (Tue) | KaiHo Wong | Organization and Milnor fibration and Milnor Fiber |
Sept. 25 (Tue) | KaiHo Wong | Algebraic links and exotic spheres |
Oct. 4 (Thu) | Yun Su (Suky) | Alexander polynomial of complex algebraic curve (Note the different day but same time and location) |
Oct. 11 (Thu) | Yongqiang Liu | Sheaves and Hypercohomology |
Oct. 18 (Thu) | Jeff Poskin | Toric Varieties II |
Nov. 1 (Thu) | Yongqiang Liu | Mixed Hodge Structure |
Nov. 15 (Thu) | KaiHo Wong | Euler characteristics of hypersurfaces with isolated singularities |
Nov. 29 (Thu) | Markus Banagl, University of Heidelberg | High-Dimensional Topological Field Theory, Automata Theory, and Exotic spheres |
Abstracts
Thu, 10/4: Suky
Alexander polynomial of complex algebraic curve
I will extend the definition of Alexander polynomial in knot theory to an complex algebraic curve. From the definition, it is clear that Alexander polynomial is an topological invariant for curves. I will explain how the topology of a curve control its Alexander polynomial, in terms of the factors. Calculations of some examples will be provided.