Learning Seminar on Symplectic Duality (Spring 2019)
The goal of this seminar is to understand various aspects of symplectic duality from a mathematical perspective.
 Organizer: Henry Liu
 Time/date: Thursdays 2:403:55pm
 Location: Math 622
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Possible topics and references
In physics, symplectic duality is a conjectural correspondence between 3d N=4 supersymmetric gauge theories \(X\) and \(X^\vee\). There are many aspects of this correspondence which have been formalized mathematically in varying levels of generality. The earliest (physics) papers describing the duality and providing examples seem to be:
 [IS96] Mirror Symmetry in Three Dimensional Gauge Theories
 [dBHOO96] Mirror Symmetry in ThreeDimensional Gauge Theories, Quivers and Dbranes
 [dBHOOY96] Mirror Symmetry in ThreeDimensional Gauge Theories, SL(2,Z) and DBrane Moduli Spaces.
Mathematically, a very explicit and combinatorial case is that of hypertoric varieties. Here symplectic duality is Gale duality. The following papers explain how to associate a category \(\mathcal{O}\) to a hypertoric variety, and later conical symplectic resolutions in general, and how Gale dual pairs give Koszul dual categories:
 [BLPW10] Gale duality and Koszul duality
 [BLPW12] Hypertoric category O
 [BLPW14] Quantizations of conical symplectic resolutions II: category \(\mathcal{O}\) and symplectic duality.
The Koszul duality part of the story is explained in the classical paper:
 [BGS96] Koszul Duality Patterns in Representation Theory.
In general, symplectic duality exchanges the Higgs and Coulomb branches of \(X\) and \(X^\vee\). These are moduli spaces associated to the gauge theories. For example, in the hypertoric case, Gale dual hypertoric varieties form a Higgs/Coulomb pair. More generally, for gauge theories associated to a quiver, the Higgs branch is the associated Nakajima quiver variety. When the quiver is of ADE type, quiver varieties have interpretations as moduli of instantons on ADE surfaces via a generalized ADHM construction:
 [KN90] YangMills instantons on ALE gravitational instantons
 [Nak94] Instantons on ALE spaces, quiver varieties, and KacMoody algebras
 [Nak18] Instantons on ALE spaces for classical groups.
For type A quivers, the Higgs branch of \(X^\vee\) (i.e. the Coulomb branch of \(X\)) is also a quiver variety of type A. Classically, symplectic duality in this case reduces to levelrank duality. The enumerative geometries, in the form of quantum Ktheory, of the Higgs branches of \(X\) and \(X^\vee\) are expected to match. This can actually be explicitly checked for hypertoric varieties, and indirectly checked in general by matching monodromies of qdifference equations (up to gauge equivalence):

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Notes on quasimaps to hypertoric varieties, and matching their qdifference equations  [AO16] Elliptic stable envelopes.
The Coulomb branch is more complicated than the Higgs branch. Physically, the moduli space is \((\mathbb{R}^3 \times S^1)^r\) classically but its metric receives quantum corrections, making a mathematical construction difficult. Only recently was such a construction proposed:
 [Nak16a] Towards a mathematical definition of Coulomb branches of 3dimensional \(\mathcal{N}=4\) gauge theories, I
 [BFN16a] Towards a mathematical definition of Coulomb branches of 3dimensional \(\mathcal{N}=4\) gauge theories, II
 [BFN16b] Coulomb branches of 3d \(\mathcal{N}=4\) quiver gauge theories and slices in the affine Grassmannian
 [Nak15] Questions on provisional Coulomb branches of 3dimensional \(\mathcal{N}=4\) gauge theories.
There are also excellent surveys of the construction, with emphasis on different aspects of the story:
 [Nak16b] Introduction to a provisional mathematical definition of Coulomb branches of 3dimensional \(\mathcal{N}=4\) gauge theories
 [BF18] Coulomb branches of 3dimensional gauge theories and related structures.
The monopole formula plays a big role in formulating such a construction. Originating from physics, it is a combinatorial formula for what the Hilbert series of the Coulomb branch should be. Many examples are given in the original (physics) paper:
 [CHZ14] Monopole operators and Hilbert series of Coulomb branches of 3d \(\mathcal{N}=4\) gauge theories.
Schedule
Thurs Feb 07 
Sam DeHority Moduli spaces of instantons, quiver varieties and ALE spaces Instantons are solutions to physical equations which are confined to a particular region of spacetime. Moduli spaces of instantons are extremely important in physics and mathematics, and can be described exactly in a number of cases. This talk will discuss examples of these moduli spaces, focusing on instantons on ALE spaces, which are ADE surfaces with particular hyperkahler metrics. These moduli spaces are constructed as Nakajima quiver varieites, and also come with hyperkahler metrics. References: [KN90], [Nak94], DonaldsonKronheimer The Geometry of FourManifolds. 
Thurs Feb 14 
Semon Rezchikov Hypertoric Varieties and Hyperplane Arrangements To a (suitably decorated) arrangement of hyperplanes in R^n and a choice of covector, one can associate a pair of combinatorially defined algebras A and B. When the hyperplanes are defined over Q, these algebras have geometric interpretations in terms of certain hypertoric varieties associated to the hyperplane arrangement. Gale duality, a certain operation on hyperplanearrangementswithcovectors that is related to linear progamming, gives rise to a certain duality between the algebras A and B. This is supposed to be an instance of symplectic duality. We will give a leisurely and examplefocused tour through some part of this construction. References: [BLPW10], Proudfoot A survey of hypertoric geometry and topology 
Thurs Feb 21 
Yakov Kononov Some physics underlying symplectic duality I will say some physics words and then answer all of your questions. References:

Thurs Feb 28 
Shuai Wang Koszul duality in representation theory We start from the classical Koszul duality between exterior algebra and symmetric algebra. After introducing necessary notations such as Koszul rings, Category O and perverse sheaves etc, we discuss one incarnation of Koszul duality in representation theory: the parabolicsingular duality. References: [BGS96] 
Thurs Mar 07 
Henry Liu Deformation and quantization of symplectic resolutions Symplectic resolutions are a rich class of varieties. Many constructions in classical Lie theory (e.g. Weyl group, quantization, category O) can be generalized to symplectic resolutions. We'll start with some examples, and then discuss deformations and quantizations in general. References: 
Thurs Mar 14 
Shotaro Makisumi Quantizations of conical symplectic resolutions I In preparation for symplectic duality for conical symplectic resolutions, we will discuss (derived) localization and twisting functors in this context following BradenProudfootWebster and BradenLicataProudfootWebster. References: [BLPW12], [BPW12], [BLPW14] 
Thurs Mar 21  No meeting (spring break) 
Thurs Mar 28 
Shotaro Makisumi Quantizations of conical symplectic resolutions II We will discuss symplectic duality for the category O of conical symplectic resolutions as conjectured by BradenLicataProudfootWebster. In particular, we will define category O and discuss twisting and shuffling functors, concentrating on the example of hypertoric category O. References: [BLPW10], [BLPW12], [BLPW14], [WARTHOG] 
Thurs Apr 04 
Ivan Danilenko Affine Grassmannians We'll cover basic facts about Affine Grassmannians such as Poisson structure, Schubert cells, convolutions, transversal slices. We'll need it later in a talk on BravermanFinkelbergNakajima approach to Coulomb branches. References: 
Thurs Apr 11 
Gus Schrader Introduction to BFN spaces In a recent series of papers, Braverman, Finkelberg and Nakajima have given a mathematical definition of the Coulomb branch of a 3d N=4 gauge theory of cotangent type. These Coulomb branches are affine Poisson varieties that come equipped with a canonical integrable system and natural quantization of their ring of functions. I'll give an overview of the construction of these Coulomb branches and their main properties, and comment on the role they play in the context of symplectic duality. References: [BFN16a], [BFN16b], [BF18] 
Thurs Apr 18 
Gus Schrader More on BFN spaces Picking up where we left off last week, we'll go over some of the key features of the Coulomb branch algebras constructed by Braverman, Finkelberg and Nakajima, including their canonical integrable systems and the very useful localization formula for monopole operators corresponding to minuscule coweights. We'll illustrate these structures via some familiar examples of Coulomb branches for quiver gauge theories. References: [BFN16a], [BFN16b], [BF18] 
Thurs Apr 25 
Andrei Okounkov Monodromy, pole subtraction, and elliptic cohomology This will be an introductory seminar about qdifference equations and their monodromy. For qdifference equations of enumerative geometry origin, there are geometric tools to control their monodromy that will be illustrated in some basic examples. 
Thurs May 02  No meeting 
Thurs May 09 
Zijun Zhou 3d mirror symmetry and elliptic stable envelopes for \(T^*\mathrm{Gr}(k,n)\) This will be an informal Q&A session, as a followup to the talk in the enumerative geometry seminar. 