Mathematics Colloquium Spring 2017
For further information please contact Professor Junecue Suh or call the Mathematics Department at 459-2969
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Xinwen Zhu, CalTechTitle: Period maps, Complex and p-adic
Abstract: Hodge structures appear as abstractions of certain linear algebra structure on the cohomology of smooth projective algebraic varieties (more generally compact Kahler manifolds). The classifying spaces of Hodge structures are called period domains. While it is not known in general which Hodge structures come from cohomology of algebraic varieties, it is believed that those parameterized by hermitian symmetric domains (a special class of period domains) do arise in this way. Such a family is known to exist in many cases, but remains hypothetical in general, which hinders the development of arithmetic geometry related these domains.
In this talk, I will describe some recent progresses on p-adic aspects of these domains. The main tool is the p-adic non-abelian Hodge theory, which allows one to bypass the existence of the above mentioned hypothetical families.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Markus Linckelmann, City, University of London
Title: Derivations on Algebras with a View to Modular Representation Theory
Abstract: A derivation on an algebra A is a linear endomorphism of A which satisfies the familiar product rule. The set of derivations Der(A) on A is a vector space withsome additional structure; in particle, this space is a Lie algebra. Every element c in A gives rise to a derivation which sends any element a in A to the additive commutator ca-ac. The derivations arising in this way are called inner derivations. They form a Lie ideal in Der(A). The vector space quotient of Der(A) by this ideal is therefore again a Lie algebra. It turns out, that this Lie algebra can be interpreted as a fundamental cohomological invariant of A, namely the first Hochschild cohomology
of the algebra A.
Motivated by some iconic conjectures which drive the modular representation theory of finite groups, we investigate connections between the algebra structure of A and the Lie algebra structure of its first Hochschild cohomology. What are the implications for A if its first Hochschild cohomology is a simple Lie algebra? In characteristiczero, simple Lie algebras are classified in terms of Dynkin diagrams - but in prime characteristic, the situation is far more complicated.
The background motivation for this line of enquiry is the - at this point in time largely conjectural - insight that `very few' algebras arise as direct factors of finite group algebras. Formalising this insight is expected to lead to a structural interplay between finite groups and algebras. In a dream scenario, this interplay would lead to the understanding of some structural properties of finite groups, currently known only through the classification of finite simple groups.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Radha Kessar, City, University of London
Abstract: Let G be a finite group and p a prime number. There are three inter-connected strands in representation theory:
-representations (of G) over fields of characteristic zero
-representations over fields of characteristic p
-embeddings and fusion (in G) of p-power order groups
I will give a guided tour of some of the main questions, conjectures and recent results in the subject using as focus the case where the relevant p-power order groups are abelian.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Vivek Shende, UC Berkeley
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Kai-Wen Lan, University of Minnesota
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Kiran Kedlaya, UC San Diego
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Burt Totaro, UC Los Angeles
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ralph Abraham, UC Santa Cruz
Title: Math at UCSC -- The Early Days
Abstract: With some help from the surviving pioneer staff, I will undertake a retrospective analysis of the historical development of mathematics at UCSC through the lens of chaos theory, 1965 -- 1994.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Paul Yang, Princeton University