Geometry and Physics Seminar: Paul Johnson

  • Date: 11/04/2013
  • Time: 15:10
Paul Johnson, Colorado State

University of British Columbia


The Hilbert scheme of n points on C^2 is a smooth manifold of dimension 2n.
The topology and geometry of Hilbert schemes have important connections to physics, representation theory, and combinatorics. Hilbert schemes of points on C^2/G, for G a finite group, are also smooth, and their topology is encoded in the combinatorics of partitions. When G is a subgroup of SL_2, the topology and combinatorics of the situation are well understood, but much less is known for general G. After outlining the well-understood situation, I will discuss some conjectures in the general case, and a combinatorial proof that their homology stabilizes.

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Location: ESB 4127