SMS scnews item created by Emma Carberry at Thu 11 Feb 2010 0952
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 19 Feb 2010
Calendar1: 19 Feb 2010 1405-1455
CalLoc1: Carslaw 273
Auth: carberry(.pmstaff;1014.2002)

Joint Colloquium: Holm -- Act globally, compute locally:Group actions, fixed points, and localization

Speaker: Prof Tara Holm, Cornell University 

Title: Act globally, compute locally: Group actions, fixed points, and localization 

Room and time: Carslaw 273, 2:05 PM-2:55 PM 

There will be a joint lunch with the Algebra seminar at the Grandstand Bar, leaving from
the 2nd floor of Carslaw at 12 PM.  At lunch we will also host Tim Riley, our Algebra
speaker that day.  Anyone attending either/both talk/s is welcome to join us for lunch.
So that we can give the Grandstand accurate numbers, please email James East by Thursday February 18 if you plan to attend the lunch.  

Abstract: Localization is a topological technique that allows us to make global
equivariant computations in terms of local data at the fixed points.  For example, we
may compute a global integral by summing integrals at each of the fixed points.  Or, if
we know that the global integral is zero, we conclude that the sum of the local
integrals is zero.  This often turns topological questions into combinatorial ones and
vice versa.  This lecture will feature several instances of localization that occur at
the crossroads of symplectic and algebraic geometry on the one hand, and combinatorics
and representation theory on the other.  The examples come largely from the symplectic
category, with particular attention to toric varieties.  No background in symplectic
geometry or toric varieties will be assumed.

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