# Schedule of the Workshop: Geometry of the Vortex Equations

## Tuesday, November 27 (Geometry and topology of vortex moduli spaces)

09:50 - 10:00 |
Welcome |

10:00 - 11:00 |
Steve Bradlow: Vortices, principal pairs and moduli spaces in gauge theory (1) |

11:00 - 11:30 |
Coffee break |

11:30 - 12:30 |
Steve Bradlow: Vortices, principal pairs and moduli spaces in gauge theory (2) |

12:30 - 14:00 |
Lunch break |

14:00 - 15:00 |
João Baptista: Abelian vortices revisited |

15:00 - 16:00 |
Nick Manton: Vortices on hyperbolic surfaces, and in the dissolving limit |

16:00 - 16:45 |
Tea and cake |

16:45 - 17:45 |
Ignasi Mundet: Hitchin-Kobayashi correspondence on nearly singular conics |

20:30 |
Reception and recital |

## Wednesday, November 28 (Gauged Gromov-Witten theory)

10:00 - 11:00 |
Chris Woodward: Gauged Gromov-Witten invariants and applications (1) |

11:00 - 11:30 |
Coffee break |

11:30 - 12:30 |
Chris Woodward: Gauged Gromov-Witten invariants and applications (2) |

12:30 - 14:00 |
Lunch break |

14:00 - 15:00 |
Eduardo González: Wall-crossing and the crepant conjecture |

15:00 - 16:00 |
Ignasi Mundet: Hamiltonian Gromov-Witten invariants and nodal curves |

16:00 - 16:45 |
Tea and cake |

16:45 - 17:45 |
Fabian Ziltener: A quantum Kirwan map and symplectic vortices |

## Thursday, November 29 (Vortices and higher-dimensional field theories)

10:00 - 11:00 |
Sergei Gukov: From vortex counting to knot homologies (1) |

11:00 - 11:30 |
Coffee break |

11:30 - 12:30 |
Sergei Gukov: From vortex counting to knot homologies (2) |

12:30 - 14:00 |
Lunch break |

14:00 - 15:00 |
Tim Nguyen: Seiberg-Witten theory and Lagrangian correspondences between vortex moduli spaces |

15:00 - 16:00 |
Óscar García-Prada: Gravitating vortices and instantons |

16:00 - 16:45 |
Tea and cake |

16:45 - 17:45 |
Richard Szabo: Quiver gauge theories and nonabelian vortices |

19:00 |
Social dinner |

## Friday, November 30

10:00 - 11:00 |
Bumsig Kim: Quasimap invariants and mirror maps |

11:00 - 11:30 |
Coffee break |

11:30 - 12:30 |
Andreas Ott: Non-local vortices via holonomy perturbations |

12:30 - 14:00 |
Lunch break |

14:00 - 15:00 |
Sushmita Venugopalan: Classification of affine vortices |

15:00 - 16:00 |
Urs Frauenfelder: The vortex equations and symplectic Tate homology |

16:00 - 16:45 |
Tea and cake |

## Abstracts:

João Baptista: Abelian vortices revisited

I will discuss recent results on abelian vortices, namely: (1) an interpretation of vortices as degenerate metrics on a manifold; (2) the cohomology and volume of vortex moduli spaces in gauged linear sigma-models defined over singular surfaces, simply connected Kähler manifolds, and abelian varieties.

Slides

Steve Bradlow: Vortices, principal pairs and moduli spaces in gauge theory

Starting from the abelian vortices on R^{^2} which arose in physical theories such as the Ginzburg-Landau theory of superconductivity, we will introduce several mathematically interesting generalizations and describe the contexts in which they arise. In all cases the objects can be interpreted as minimizers of gauge theoretic energy functionals, as holomorphic bundles with special features, or as zeros of symplectic moment maps. We will describe these correspondences and discuss how they lead to complementary descriptions of generalized vortex moduli spaces. Some key geometric and topological properties of the moduli spaces will be discussed.

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Urs Frauenfelder: The vortex equations and symplectic Tate homology

This is joint work with Peter Albers and Kai Cieliebak. We tensor the action functional of classical mechanics with a vortex functional to get symplectic Tate homology. I will discuss some of its properties.

Notes

Óscar García-Prada: Gravitating vortices and instantons

After explaining the relation between vortices and invariant instantons - as well as more recent non-abelian generalizations -, we go on to study gravitating vortices and their relation to the coupled equations for Kähler metrics and Yang-Mills connections, considered recently in joint work with L. Álvarez-Cónsul and M. García-Fernandez.

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Eduardo González: Wall-crossing and the crepant conjecture

In this talk, I will show that the graph Gromov-Witten potentials of quotients related by wall-crossings of crepant type are equivalent up to a distribution that is almost everywhere zero. This is a version of the crepant transformation conjecture of Li-Ruan, Bryan-Graber, Coates-Ruan etc, in cases where the crepant transformation is obtained by variation of GIT quotient. This is joint work with Chris Woodward.

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Sergei Gukov: From vortex counting to knot homologies

I will explain a connection between (equivariant) cohomology of vortex moduli spaces and homological invariants of knots. This connection comes from a physical interpretation of Khovanov-Rozansky homology (and its colored variants) that was proposed almost ten years ago. In physics, the same system can often be looked at from a number of different angles, giving rise to relations or dualities between seemingly different mathematical objects - a famous illustration of this being the relation between Donaldson and Seiberg-Witten invariants of 4-manifolds. Similarly, the physical framework for knot homologies admits a number of equivalent descriptions which have been actively explored in recent years, including a relation to enumerative invariants of Hilbert schemes and vortex moduli spaces. This lecture is based on a series of papers with T. Dimofte, L. Hollands, A. Schwarz, M. Stošić, J. Walcher, C. Vafa, and others.

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Bumsig Kim: Quasimap invariants and mirror maps

The moduli spaces of stable quasimaps unify various moduli appearing in the study of Gromov-Witten theory. We introduce big I-functions as the quasimap version of J-functions, generalizing Givental's small I-functions of smooth toric complete intersections. The J-functions are the Gromov-Witten counterparts of periods of mirror families. We discuss some advantages of I-functions, in particular an explanation of mirror maps. This is joint work with Ciocan-Fontanine.

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Nick Manton: Vortices on hyperbolic surfaces, and in the dissolving limit

Vortices are usually thought of physically as particles or strings. However, in certain limits they have a rather different interpretation. Vortices on hyperbolic surfaces relate the given metric to a hyperbolic metric on another surface, with the vortex centre as a singularity. Vortices on a small surface almost dissolve, leaving almost no local information. But there is still holonomy on a surface of genus one or more, whose time-dependence yields an electric field. The moduli space metric becomes a Bergman metric in this limit.

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Ignasi Mundet: Hitchin-Kobayashi correspondence on nearly singular conics

We will study the Hitchin-Kobayashi (HK) correspondence on the sequence of conics C_{t} = {xy=tz^{2}} ⊂ CP^{2}, endowed with the restriction of the Fubini-Study metric, as t → 0. Fix for each t an isomorphism CP^{1} ≈ C_{t}, and let v_{t} be the induced volume form on CP^{1}. Let P be a C*-principal bundle over CP^{1}. Let X be a Kähler manifold endowed with an action of C* whose restriction to S^{1} is Hamiltonian, and assume that for each t there is a C*-(anti)equivariant holomorphic map φ_{t}: P → X, such that (P,φ_{t}) is stable. By the HK correspondence there is a Hermitian metric h_{t} on P which solves the vortex equation for the volume form v_{t}. Assuming that the maps φ_{t} are homotopic, we study the possible limits of (P,φ_{t},h_{t}) as t → 0. The case X = CP^{1} with the action of S^{1} by rotations and P equal to the trivial bundle will be studied in detail.

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Ignasi Mundet: Hamiltonian Gromov-Witten invariants and nodal curves

I will review some of the geometric aspects of the definition of Hamiltonian Gromov-Witten invariants of compact symplectic manifolds endowed with Hamiltonian actions of the circle, with a domain curve allowed to move in moduli and eventually become singular. I will particularly emphasize the relevant compactness theorem, which will also play a role in my Tuesday talk (on the HK correspondence on nearly singular conics). This is joint work in progress with G. Tian.

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Tim Nguyen: Seiberg-Witten theory and Lagrangian correspondences between vortex moduli spaces

We discuss how the Seiberg-Witten equations on 3-manifolds with boundary yield Lagrangian submanifolds of the configuration spaces at the boundary. This includes the case for 3-manifolds with cylindrical ends, in which we obtain immersed Lagrangians within the vortex moduli spaces at infinity. We then apply a TQFT-like construction due to Donaldson to obtain the Seiberg-Witten invariants of closed 3-manifolds via a composition of these Lagrangian correspondences.

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Andreas Ott: Non-local vortices via holonomy perturbations

Gauged Gromov-Witten invariants are defined by counting solutions of the vortex equations. One of the main problems in this definition is transversality for the boundary strata of the moduli space of vortices. To overcome this problem, I will introduce a holonomy perturbation scheme for the vortex equations. The main idea is to let the almost complex structure depend on the solutions themselves, via a classifying map for the action of the group of gauge transformations on the configuration space for the vortex equations.

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Richard Szabo: Quiver gauge theories and nonabelian vortices

We review equivariant dimensional reduction of vector bundles over spaces of the form M×G/H, where M is a Kähler manifold and G/H is a homogeneous space. Given a G-module, by twisting with a particular bundle over G/H we obtain a G-equivariant unitary bundle with G-equivariant connection over M×G/H. The Donaldson-Uhlenbeck-Yau equations on these spaces reduce to vortex-type equations in a particular quiver gauge theory on M. Standard vortex equations and Seiberg-Witten monopole equations are particular examples. We also explain the modifications obtained through noncommutative deformations of these spaces, and the extension to non-Kähler geometries with torsion on G/H.

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Sushmita Venugopalan: Classification of affine vortices

I present a classification result for affine vortices that generalizes the 1980 result of Jaffe and Taubes. The target X is a Kähler manifold with Hamiltonian action of a compact Lie group K which extends to an action of the complexification G of K. We take X to be either a compact manifold or a complex vector space with a convex linear K-action, and assume that the action of G on the semi-stable locus of X has finite stabilizers. There is a Hitchin-Kobayashi correspondence for K-vortices, and it leads to a classification of K-vortices on the complex plane. The main tool used in the proof of our result is a corresponding result for compact Riemann surfaces with boundary; the main argument uses a gradient flow method.

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Chris Woodward: Gauged Gromov-Witten theory and applications

I will describe the construction, joint with Eduardo González, of gauged Gromov-Witten invariants as integrals over moduli spaces of symplectic vortices in the case of algebraic target, based on earlier symplectic definitions by Mundet, Salamon, Gaio, and Ott. I will then describe some recent applications, such as the computation of quantum cohomology of toric orbifolds in which many of the invariants can be made explicit.

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Fabian Ziltener: A quantum Kirwan map and symplectic vortices

Given a Hamiltonian Lie group action on a symplectic manifold, the Kirwan map is a natural ring homomorphism from the equivariant cohomology of the manifold to the cohomology of the symplectic quotient (i.e., the reduced space in physical terms). I will explain how to construct a quantum deformation of this map, by counting symplectic vortices over the plane. The map relates the equivariant Gromov-Witten theory of the symplectic manifold with the Gromov-Witten theory of the symplectic quotient. Its construction involves a bubbling result and Fredholm theory for vortices over the plane.

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