## Yang Li : On the Donaldson-Scaduto conjecture

- Geometry and Topology ( 708 Views )Motivated by G2-manifolds with coassociative fibrations in the adiabatic limit, Donaldson and Scaduto conjectured the existence of associative submanifolds homeomorphic to a three-holed 3-sphere with three asymptotically cylindrical ends in X \times R^3, where X is an A2-type ALE hyperkähler manifold. We prove this conjecture by solving a real Monge-Ampère equation with singular right hand side. The method produces many other asymptotically cylindrical U(1)-invariant special Lagrangians in X \times R^2, where X arises from the Gibbons-Hawking construction. This is joint work in progress with Saman Habibi Esfahani.

## Oguz Savk : Bridging the gaps between homology planes and Mazur manifolds.

- Geometry and Topology,Uploaded Videos ( 315 Views )We call a non-trivial homology 3-sphere a Kirby-Ramanujam sphere if it bounds a homology plane, an algebraic complex smooth surface with the same homology groups of the complex plane. In this talk, we present several infinite families of Kirby-Ramanujam spheres bounding Mazur type 4-manifolds, compact contractible smooth 4-manifolds built with only 0-, 1-, and 2-handles. Such an interplay between complex surfaces and 4-manifolds was first observed by Ramanujam and Kirby around nineteen-eighties. This is upcoming joint work with Rodolfo Aguilar Aguilar.

## Robert Bryant : The affine Bonnet problem

- Geometry and Topology ( 296 Views )The classical Euclidean problem studied by Bonnet in the 19th century was to determine whether, and in how many ways, a Riemannian surface can be isometrically embedded into Euclidean 3-space so that its mean curvature is a prescribed function. He found that, generically, specifying a metric and mean curvature admitted no solution but that there are special cases in which, not only are there solutions, but there are even 1-parameter families of distinct (i.e., mutually noncongruent) solutions. Much later, these Bonnet surfaces were found to be intimately connected with integrable systems and Lax pairs. In this talk, I will consider the analogous problem in affine geometry: To determine whether, and in how many ways, a surface endowed with a Riemannian metric g and a function H can be immersed into affine 3-space in such a way that the induced Blaschke metric is g and the induced affine mean curvature is H. This affine problem is, in many ways, richer and more interesting than the corresponding Euclidean problem. I will classify the pairs (g,H) that display the greatest flexibility in their solution space and explain what is known about the (suspected) links with integrable systems and Lax pairs.

## Daniel Stern : Scalar curvature and circle-valued harmonic maps

- Geometry and Topology ( 242 Views )We introduce a new tool for relating the scalar curvature of a Riemannian manifold to its global geometry and topology, based on the study of level sets of harmonic functions and harmonic maps to the circle. We will explain how these ideas lead to simple new proofs and improvements upon some well-known results in three-manifold geometry and general relativity, previously studied primarily via minimal surface and Dirac operator methods.

## Richard Hain : The Lie Algebra of the Mapping Class Group, Part 1

- Geometry and Topology ( 223 Views )In this talk I will review the construction of the Lie algebra associated to the mapping class group of a (possibly decorated) surface and explain how this generalizes the Lie algebra associated to the pure braid group. I will also explain the analogue of the KZ-equation in the mapping class group case. In the second talk I will discuss filtrations of this Lie algebra associated to curve systems on the surface and their relation to handlebody groups.

## Christina Tonnesen-Friedman : Canonical classes on admissible bundles

- Geometry and Topology ( 203 Views )For each K¨ahler class on a compact K¨ahler manifold there is a lower bound of the Calabi functional, which we call the ``potential energy''. Fixing the volume and letting the K¨ahler classes vary, the energy defines a functional which may be studied in it?s own right. Any critical point of the energy functional is then a K¨ahler class whose extremal K¨ahler metrics (if any) are so-called strongly extremal metrics. We take the well-studied case of Hirzebruch surfaces and generalize it in two different directions; along the dimension of the base and along the genus of the base. In the latter situation we are able to give a very concrete description of the corresponding dynamical system (as defined first by S. Simanca and L. Stelling). The talk is based on work in progress with Santiago Simanca.

## Colleen Robles : A refinement of the Lefschetz decomposition for hyperkahler manifolds

- Geometry and Topology ( 191 Views )The cohomology (with complex coefficients) of a compact kahler manifold M admits an action of the algebra sl(2,C), and this action plays an essential role in the analysis of the cohomology. In the case that M is a hyperkahler manifold Verbitsky and Looijenga—Lunts showed there is a family of such sl(2,C)’s generating an algebra isomorphic to so(4,b_2-2), and this algebra similarly can tell us quite a bit about the cohomology of the hyperkahler. I will describe some results of this nature for both the Hodge numbers and Nagai’s conjecture on the nilpotent logarithm of monodromy arising from a degeneration. This is joint work with Mark Green, Radu Laza and Yoonjoo Kim.

## Thomas Walpuski : G2instantons over twisted connected sums

- Geometry and Topology ( 178 Views )In joint work with H. Sá Earp we introduced a method to construct G2instantons over compact G2manifolds arising as the twisted connected sum of a matching pair of building blocks. I will recall some of the background (including the twisted connected sum construction and a short discussion as to why one should care about G2instantons), discuss our main result and explain how to interpret it in terms of certain Lagrangian subspaces of a moduli space of stable bundles on a K3 surface. If time permits, I will discuss an idea to construct the input required by our gluing theorem.

## Luca Di Cerbo : Finite volume complex hyperbolic surfaces and their compactifications

- Geometry and Topology ( 147 Views )In this talk, I will discuss the geometry of finite volume complex hyperbolic surfaces and their compactifications. Finally, applications at the common edge between Riemannian and complex algebraic geometry are given.

## Alex Pieloch : Moduli Spaces of Real Algebraic Curves

- Geometry and Topology ( 142 Views )There is a natural relationship between moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces, mapping class groups of surfaces, and intersection patterns of simple closed curves on surfaces. In this talk, we describe an analogous relationship between moduli spaces of real algebraic curves, mapping class groups of surfaces with orientation reversing involutions, and intersection patterns of involution invariant simple closed curves on surfaces. After establishing these relationships, we obtain that the homology and cohomology groups of mapping class groups of surfaces with orientation reversing involutions satisfy duality relationships analogous to those for compact manifolds. We also obtain that higher homotopy groups associated to the moduli spaces of real algebraic curves relative to its boundary vanish in all degrees less than a determinable constant.

## Lan-Hsuan Huang : Constant mean curvature foliations for isolated systems in general relativity

- Geometry and Topology ( 138 Views )We will discuss the existence and uniqueness of the foliation by stable spheres with constant mean curvature for asymptotically flat manifolds satisfying the Regge-Teitelboim condition at infinity. This work generalizes the earlier results of Huisken/Yau, Ye, and Metzger. We will also discuss the concept of the center of mass in general relativity.

## Kyle Hayden : Complex curves through a contact lens

- Geometry and Topology ( 124 Views )Every four-dimensional Stein domain has a height function whose regular level sets are contact three-manifolds. This allows us to study complex curves in the Stein domain via their intersection with these contact level sets, where we can comfortably apply three-dimensional tools. We use this perspective to characterize the links in Stein-fillable contact manifolds that bound complex curves in their Stein fillings. (Some of this is joint work with Baykur, Etnyre, Hedden, Kawamuro, and Van Horn-Morris.)

## Mark Stern : Introduction to p-harmonic forms, L^p Hodge theory, and L^p cohomology

- Geometry and Topology ( 114 Views )In this talk I will lay the foundations of the geometry of p-harmonic forms and L^p-Hodge theory. As an application, I will give strong evidence for (half of) a conjecture of Gromov on the L^p cohomology of negatively curved symmetric spaces.

## Honghao Gao : Augmentations and sheaves for knot conormals

- Geometry and Topology ( 112 Views )Knot invariants can be defined using Legendrian isotopy invariants of the knot conormal. There are two types of invariants raised in this way: one is the knot contact differential graded algebra together with augmentations associated to this dga, and the other one is the category of simple sheaves microsupported along the knot conormal. The Nadler-Zaslow correspondence suggests a connection between the two types of invariants. In this talk, I will manifest an explicit map between augmentations and simple sheaves.

## Kai Xu : pi_2-systolic inequalities for 3-manifolds with positive scalar curvature

- Geometry and Topology ( 100 Views )We discuss the following recent result of the speaker. Suppose a closed 3-manifold M has scalar curvature at least 1, and has nontrivial second homotopy group, and is not covered by the cylinder (S^2)*R. Then the pi_2-systole of M (i.e. the minimal area in the second homotopy group) is bounded by a constant that is approximately 5.44pi. If we include quotients of cylinder into consideration, then the best upper bound is weakened to 8_pi. This shows a topological gap in the pi_2-systolic inequality. We will discuss the ideas behind this theorem, as well as the proof using Huisken and Ilmanen’s weak inverse mean curvature flow.

## Lenny Ng : New algebraic invariants of Legendrian links

- Geometry and Topology ( 77 Views )For the past 25 years, a key player in contact topology has been the Floer-theoretic invariant called Legendrian contact homology. I'll discuss a package of new invariants for Legendrian knots and links that builds on Legendrian contact homology and is derived from rational symplectic field theory. This includes a Poisson bracket on Legendrian contact homology and a symplectic structure on augmentation varieties. Time permitting, I'll also describe an unexpected connection to cluster theory for a family of Legendrian links associated to positive braids. Parts of this are joint work in progress with Roger Casals, Honghao Gao, Linhui Shen, and Daping Weng.