IISc Alg Comb 2018-19

Algebra & Combinatorics Seminar:   2019–20

The Algebra & Combinatorics Seminar meets (usually) on Fridays from 3–4 pm, in Lecture Hall LH-1 of the IISc Mathematics Department. The organizers are Apoorva Khare and R. Venkatesh.


Terrence George (Brown University, USA) Aug 7, 2019
Dimers and the Beauville integrable system (note: unusual day)

Abstract. To any convex integral polygon $N$ is associated a cluster integrable system that arises from the dimer model on certain bipartite graphs on a torus. The large scale statistical mechanical properties of the dimer model are largely determined by an algebraic curve, the spectral curve $C$ of its Kasteleyn operator $K(x,y)$. The vanishing locus of the determinant of $K(x,y)$ defines the curve $C$ and coker $K(x,y)$ defines a line bundle on $C$. We show that this spectral data provides a birational isomorphism of the dimer integrable system with the Beauville integrable system related to the toric surface constructed from $N$.

This is joint work with Alexander Goncharov and Richard Kenyon.


Nikhil Srivastava (University of California, Berkeley, USA) Aug 16, 2019
Quantitative Diagonalizability
(speaking in the Eigenfunctions Seminar)

Apoorva Khare (IISc Mathematics) Aug 23, 2019
Density: How Zariski helped Schur, Cayley, and Hamilton

Abstract. Computing the determinant using the Schur complement of an invertible minor is well-known to undergraduates. Perhaps less well-known is why this works even when the minor is not invertible. Using this and the Cayley–Hamilton theorem as illustrative examples, I will gently explain one "practical" usefulness of Zariski density outside commutative algebra.


Soumik Pal (University of Washington, Seattle, USA) Aug 30, 2019
Entropic relaxations of Monge–Kantorovich optimal transports
(speaking in the Eigenfunctions Seminar; no Alg–Comb today)

Guhan Venkat (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada; and Morningside Center of Mathematics, Beijing, China) Sep 4, 2019
Stark–Heegner cycles for Bianchi modular forms

Abstract. In his seminal paper in 2001, Henri Darmon proposed a systematic construction of p-adic points, viz. Stark–Heegner points, on elliptic curves over the rational numbers. In this talk, I will report on the construction of p-adic cohomology classes/cycles in the Harris–Soudry–Taylor representation associated to a Bianchi cusp form, building on the ideas of Henri Darmon and Rotger–Seveso. These local cohomology classes are conjectured to be the restriction of global cohomology classes in an appropriate Bloch–Kato Selmer group and have consequences towards the Bloch–Kato–Beilinson conjecture as well as Gross–Zagier type results. This is based on a joint work with Chris Williams (Imperial College London).


Chandan Dalawat (Harish-Chandra Research Institute, Allahabad) Sep 6, 2019
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Prasad Tetali (Georgia Tech, Atlanta, USA) Sep 13, 2019
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Rekha Biswal (Max Planck Institut, Bonn, Germany) Sep 16, 2019
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Rajeeva Karandikar (CMI, Chennai) Sep 27, 2019
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(speaking in the Eigenfunctions Seminar; no Alg–Comb today)

Bikramaditya Sahu (IISc Mathematics) Oct 04, 2019
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Atul Dixit (IIT, Gandhinagar) Oct 9, 2019
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Atul Dixit (IIT, Gandhinagar) Oct 11, 2019
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(speaking in the Eigenfunctions Seminar)

Uri Onn (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia) Oct 25, 2019
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L. Sunil Chandran (IISc CSA) Nov 8, 2019
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John Meakin (University of Nebraska at Lincoln, USA) Dec 3, 2019
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2018–19