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(Homological) Knot Invariants from Mirror Symmetry

Chern-Simons and Other Topological Field Theories November 16, 2021 - November 18, 2021

November 16, 2021 (10:30 AM PST - 11:30 AM PST)
Speaker(s): Mina Aganagic (University of California, Berkeley)
Location: Claremont Club & Spa
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(Homological) Knot Invariants From Mirror Symmetry


Chern-Simons invariants of knots have many applications in mathematics and in physics. Khovanov showed  in ‘99 that the simplest such invariant, the Jones polynomial, arizes as the Euler characteristic of a homology theory. The knot categorification problem is to find a general construction of knot homology groups, and to explain their meaning: what are they homologies of?

Mirror symmetry is another important strand in the interaction between mathematics and physics. Homological mirror symmetry, formulated by Kontsevich in ’94, naturally produces hosts of homological invariants. Sometimes, it can be made manifest, and then its striking mathematical power comes to fore. Typically though, it leads to invariants which have no particular interest outside of the problem at hand.

I showed recently that there is a vast new family of mirror pairs of manifolds, for which homological mirror symmetry can be made manifest. They do lead to interesting invariants: in particular, they solve the knot categorification problem.

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