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Calabi-Yau conifold expansions


Speaker: Duco van Straten, University of Mainz, Germany, and UC Berkeley
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Tue, Nov 27 2012, 3:10PM

The Picard-Fuchs differential equation that describes the periods of a family of Calabi-Yau manifolds have very peculiar geometric and arithmetic properties, which play a key role in mirror symmetry. In this talk I will describe two closely related one-parameter families of Calabi-Yau threefolds, with very different Picard-Fuchs operators.