# Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2020

The Virtual Seminar will take place on Fridays at 2:30 pm via Zoom. We will also link to relevant or interesting Zoom talks outside of the seminar.

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## COVID-19 Update

As a result of Covid-19, the seminar for this semester will be held virtually.

## Fall 2020 Schedule

date | speaker | title | link to talk |
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September 14 @ 10am, Madison time | Andrei Căldăraru (Madison) | Categorical Enumerative Invariants | Talk 1/4 in lecture series at Imperial College - Register here to get the link to the talk! |

September 21 @ 10am | Andrei Căldăraru (Madison) | Categorical Enumerative Invariants | Talk 2/4 in lecture series at Imperial College |

September 28 @ 10am | Andrei Căldăraru (Madison) | Categorical Enumerative Invariants | Talk 3/4 in lecture series at Imperial College |

October 5 @ 10am | Andrei Căldăraru (Madison) | Categorical Enumerative Invariants | Talk 4/4 in lecture series at Imperial College |

October 7 @ 8pm | Shamgar Gurevich (Madison) | Harmonic Analysis on GLn over Finite Fields | Register here to get link to talk at University of Sydney |

## Abstracts

### Andrei Căldăraru

**Categorical Enumerative Invariants**

I will talk about recent papers with Junwu Tu, Si Li, and Kevin Costello where we give a computable definition of Costello's 2005 invariants and compute some of them. These invariants are associated to a pair (A,s) consisting of a cyclic A∞-algebra and a choice of splitting s of its non-commutative Hodge filtration. They are expected to recover classical Gromov-Witten invariants when A is obtained from the Fukaya category of a symplectic manifold, as well as extend various B-model invariants (solutions of Picard-Fuchs equations, BCOV invariants, B-model FJRW invariants) when A is obtained from the derived category of a manifold or a matrix factorization category.

### Shamgar Gurevich

**Harmonic Analysis on GLn over Finite Fields**

There are many formulas that express interesting properties of a finite group G in terms of sums over its characters. For estimating these sums, one of the most salient quantities to understand is the character ratio: Trace(ρ(g)) / dim(ρ), for an irreducible representation ρ of G and an element g of G. For example, Diaconis and Shahshahani stated a formula of the mentioned type for analyzing certain random walks on G. Recently, we discovered that for classical groups G over finite fields there is a natural invariant of representations that provides strong information on the character ratio. We call this invariant rank. Rank suggests a new organization of representations based on the very few “Small” ones. This stands in contrast to Harish-Chandra’s “philosophy of cusp forms”, which is (since the 60s) the main organization principle, and is based on the (huge collection) of “Large” representations. This talk will discuss the notion of rank for the group GLn over finite fields, demonstrate how it controls the character ratio, and explain how one can apply the results to verify mixing time and rate for random walks. This is joint work with Roger Howe (Yale and Texas A&M). The numerics for this work was carried with Steve Goldstein (Madison) and John Cannon (Sydney).