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Special cycles and BPS jumping loci

QMAP Seminar

Speaker: Arnav Tripathy, Harvard
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Fri, Nov 17 2017, 1:30PM

I'll sketch an attempt to bring the theory of special cycles, a deep part of number theory, into the domain of supersymmetric string compactifications. I'll describe a construction based on jumping loci for BPS state counts---a separate phenomenon from the better-known wall-crossing!---and explain in what cases these jumping loci generalize some parts of the theory of special cycles. Finally, I'll conclude with a host of physical and mathematical conjectures raised by this line of investigation.