Act globally, compute locally: Group actions, fixed points, and localization

Speaker: 

Prof. Tara Holm

Affiliation: 

Cornell University

Date: 

Fri, 19/02/2010 - 2:00pm

Venue: 

Sydney University Carslaw 273

Abstract: 

Localization is a topological technique that allows us to make global equivariant computations in terms of local data at the fixed points. For example, we may compute a global integral by summing integrals at each of the fixed points. Or, if we know that the global integral is zero, we conclude that the sum of the local integrals is zero. This often turns topological questions into combinatorial ones and vice versa. This lecture will feature several instances of localization that occur at the crossroads of symplectic and algebraic geometry on the one hand, and combinatorics and representation theory on the other. The examples come largely from the symplectic category, with particular attention to toric varieties. No background in symplectic geometry or toric varieties will be assumed.

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