|Date: Monday, November 19, 2018
Location: 4096 East Hall (4:00 PM to 6:00 PM)
Title: Wild Higgs Bundles and Modular Categories
Abstract: We propose a new link between the moduli spaces of wild Higgs bundles and quantum invariants of 3-manifolds. The construction goes through a class of four-dimensional quantum field theories known as Argyres-Douglas theories. Every such theory realizes a wild Hitchin space as its Coulomb branch and defines a VOA on the Higgs branch. The latter can be used to construct a non-unitary modular tensor category, which leads to 3d TQFTs that are generically semisimple but non-unitary. This is based on joint work with Mykola Dedushenko, Sergei Gukov, Hiraku Nakajima and Ke Ye.
Speaker: Du Pei