University of Toronto's Symplectic Geometry Seminar

September 10, 2007, 2:10pm
Bahen 6183

Fabian Ziltener

University of Toronto

Symplectic Vortices and Quantum Cohomology


A Hamiltonian action of a Lie group on a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ gives rise to a gauge theoretic deformation of the Cauchy-Riemann equations, which are called the symplectic vortex equations. I will explain how counting solutions of these equations over the complex plane leads to a ring homomorphism from the equivariant cohomology of $M$ to the quantum cohomology of the symplectic quotient, assuming that $M$ is symplectically aspherical.