We meet roughly five times per year and give participants the opportunity to either speak about their research, or present an important paper in their area. These meetings normally take place in the late afternoon/evening and will alternate between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The GEARS seminar is currently organised by Jenny August, Simon Crawford, and Angela Tabiri.

In previous years, the seminar has been organised by Tomasz Przezdziecki, Tim Weelinck, Noah White and Chris Campbell.

When: 17:00-19:00

Where: Seminar Room 116, Glasgow University Maths Building

Speakers: Lukas Mueller (Heriot-Watt), Ogier Van Garderen (Glasgow)

Topological quantum field theories in low dimensions give a geometric interpretation for a large list of algebraic structures. A particular accessible class of topological field theories are discrete gauge theories also known as Dijkgraaf-Witten theories. In 2-dimensions they are closely related to twisted representation theory of finite groups. The 3-dimensional theory encodes the representation theory of the twisted Drinfeld double of a finite group. Their anomalies can be studied using non-abelian group cohomology and the Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence. In this talk I will introduce Dijkgraaf-Witten theories and explain their relation to the interesting algebraic structures mention above. The talk is based on joint work with Richard Szabo and Lukas Woike.

In this talk, I will present an example of a mirror symmetry correspondence between the matrix factorisations of a singular 2-fold and the intersection theory of curves on a certain (non-compact, real) 2-manifold. Each of the spaces involved has an underlying combinatorial structure which allows for an explicit classification of the indecomposable matrix factorisations up to quasi-isomorphism. If time allows, I will outline how the matrix factorisations can be deformed to recover a classical construction by Seidel, which compactifies the 2-manifold.

When: 16:00-18:00

Where: ICMS

Speakers: Simon Crawford (Edinburgh), Ruth Reynolds (Edinburgh)

In this talk, I will give a simple geometric criterion to determine when a skew group ring is Azumaya. Unlike a number of other results in the literature, this criterion is easy to check in concrete examples, as I will demonstrate. I will then outline how this result can be used to show that quantum Kleinian singularities, as defined by Chan-Kirkman-Walton-Zhang, are maximal orders. This allows for an alternative proof of Auslander's Theorem for these singularities.

The idealizer subring of a one-sided ideal I is the largest subring such that I becomes a two-sided ideal. They often exhibit interesting properties and pathological behaviour. In this talk I will describe some of their properties, in particular how their noetherianity in certain setups can be controlled by the orbits of points. In particular, I will describe how they were used by Sierra and Walton to prove that the universal enveloping algebra of the Witt algebra is not noetherian.