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April 15: Mboyo Esole (Harvard)

Math-Physics Joint Seminar
Title: Singularities and phases of gauge theories
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: DRL 4E19

Motivated by M-theory compactification on elliptic Calabi-Yau threefolds, we present a correspondence between networks of small resolutions for singular elliptic fibrations and Coulomb branches of five-dimensional N=1 gauge theories. While resolutions correspond to subchambers of the Coulomb branch, partial resolutions correspond to higher codimension loci at which the Coulomb branch intersects the Coulomb-Higgs branches. Flops between different resolutions are identified with reflections on the Coulomb branch. Physics aside, this correspondence provides an interesting link between elliptic fibrations and representation theory.

Date of event: 
Tue, 2014-04-15 (All day)