Departmental Colloquium

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Poisson varieties and D-modules

by Travis Schedler | MIT
Time: 16:10  (Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010)
Location: BA6183, Bahen Center, 40 St George St
Poisson varieties are natural generalizations of symplectic varieties which are allowed to admit singularities. Motivated by questions concerning their quantization, deformation, and resolution, I will discuss and apply Poisson traces on these varieties, which are linear functionals invariant under Hamiltonian vector fields. I will explain an approach based on an elementary application of D-modules --- the algebraic theory of differential equations. I will discuss examples of Poisson varieties such as Kleinian and other isolated surface singularities and their symmetric powers, and nilpotent cones of semisimple Lie algebras, using the Springer resolution.

As applications, we deduce bounds on numbers of irreducible representations of spherical symplectic reflection algebras (or on zero-dimensional symplectic leaves in the commutative case), and similarly for universal enveloping and W-algebras modulo a central character. No background on Poisson geometry or D-modules will be assumed. This is joint work with Pavel Etingof.

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· Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010: Pentagonal Tilings and Other Partition Problems (Frank Morgan)
· Wednesday, Nov. 03, 2010: Particle systems and Landau damping (Cédric Villani)
· Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010: Poisson varieties and D-modules (Travis Schedler)
· Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010: Non-archimedean integrals over algebraic varieties and their applications (Victor Batyrev)
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