OIST Representation Theory Seminar


Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 09:30 to 10:30


On Zoom


Speaker: Arik Wilbert, University of South Alabama

Title: Real Springer fibers and odd arc algebras


Abstract: Arc algebras were introduced by Khovanov in a successful attempt to lift the quantum sl2 Reshetikhin-Turaev invariant for tangles to a homological invariant. When restricted to knots and links, Khovanov’s homology theory categorifies the Jones polynomial. Ozsváth-Rasmussen-Szabó discovered a different categorification of the Jones polynomial called odd Khovanov homology. Recently, Naisse-Putyra were able to extend odd Khovanov homology to tangles using so-called odd arc algebras which were originally constructed by Naisse-Vaz. The goal of this talk is to discuss a geometric approach to understanding odd arc algebras and odd Khovanov homology using Springer fibers over the real numbers. This is joint work with J. N. Eberhardt and G. Naisse.


Zoom info can be found on the seminar webpage.

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