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Isolated hypersurface singularities and symplectic geometry

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  • UserAilsa Keating (Columbia/Trinity College)
  • ClockWednesday 22 July 2015, 14:30-15:30
  • HouseCMS, MR12.

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Given a complex polynomial with an isolated singular point, one can associate to it a number of invariants belonging to symplectic geometry. The simplest is the Milnor fibre of this singularity: a smoothing of the fibre of the singular value, which naturally carries a symplectic structure. We will show that simple surface singularities (i.e. those of type ADE ) can by characterized by symplectic properties of their Milnor fibres. More generally, we will explain how revisiting classical singularity from the perspective of symplectic geometry, a program suggested by Arnol’d, can yield interesting results for both sides.

This talk will not assume any prior knowledge of symplectic geometry.

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