Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Benjamin Young

  • Date: 03/25/2013
  • Time: 15:10
Benjamin Young, University of Oregon

University of British Columbia


The Combinatorial PT-DT correspondence

I will discuss a combinatorial problem which comes from algebraic geometry. The problem, loosely, is to show that two theories for "counting" "curves" (Pandharipande-Thomas theory and reduced Donaldson-Thomas theory) give the same answer. I will prove a combinatorial version of this correspondence in a special case (X is toric Calabi-Yau), where the difficult geometry reduces to a study of the "topological vertex'' (a certain generating function) in these two theories. The combinatorial objects in question are plane partitions, perfect matchings on the honeycomb lattice and the double dimer model.

There will be many pictures. This is a combinatorics talk, so no algebraic geometry will be used, except as an oracle for predicting the answer.
Other Information: 

Location: ESB 2012