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Cubic fourfolds, K3 surfaces, and mirror symmetry

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  • UserNick Sheridan, Cambridge
  • ClockWednesday 25 October 2017, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseMR13.

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While many cubic fourfolds are known to be rational, it is expected that the very general cubic fourfold is irrational (although none have been proven to be so). There is a conjecture for precisely which cubics are rational, which can be expressed in Hodge-theoretic terms (by work of Hassett) or in terms of derived categories (by work of Kuznetsov). The conjecture can be phrased as saying that one can associate a `noncommutative K3 surface’ to any cubic fourfold, and the rational ones are precisely those for which this noncommutative K3 is `geometric’, i.e., equivalent to an honest K3 surface. It turns out that the noncommutative K3 associated to a cubic fourfold has a conjectural symplectic mirror (due to Batyrev-Borisov). In contrast to the algebraic side of the story, the mirror is always `geometric’: i.e., it is always just an honest K3 surface equipped with an appropriate K√§hler form. After explaining this background, I will state a theorem: homological mirror symmetry holds in this context (joint work with Ivan Smith).

This talk is part of the Differential Geometry and Topology Seminar series.

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