

Overview The aim of this school/workshop is to give an introduction to conformal blocks, their construction and use as research tools and objects in different branches of algebraic geometry and topology, in particular moduli spaces of algebraic curves and of vector bundles on curves.
Lectures Four minicourses of 5 hours each will be held by the following speakers: Prakash Belkale (Univ. North Carolina at Chapel Hill) Angela Gibney (Univ. of Georgia at Athens) Gregor Masbaum (Univ. Paris VI at Jussieu) Aaron Pixton (Princeton University) We have also scheduled a 45' daily question time, in which people can ask any of the speakers for clarifications, examples/counterexamples, etc.
Topics Prakash BELKALE Title: GaussManin representation of conformal block local systems. Abstract: Conformal blocks give projective local systems on moduli spaces of curves with marked points. One can ask if they are "realizable in geometry", i.e., as local subsystems of suitable GaussManin local systems of cohomology of families of smooth projective varieties.
Angela GIBNEY
Gregor MASBAUM Title: Integral TQFT and applications to the monodromy of conformal blocks Abstract: The space of conformal blocks on a smooth complex curve carries a projective representation of the mapping class group of the underlying topological surface. This representation is part of a Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT) in the sense of Atiyah and Segal. In the first part of these lectures, I plan to sketch a construction of this TQFT using skein theory, which allows one in particular to write down explicit matrices for any given mapping class expressed as a word in Dehn twists. (The relevant skein theory will be developed from scratch and no previous knowledge of skein theory will be assumed.) In the second part, I will then discuss an integral refinement of this TQFT constructed in joint work with Gilmer again using skein theory. This construction shows in particular that in favorable situations the (skeintheoretic version of the) space of conformal blocks contains a natural mapping class group invariant lattice of full rank defined over a ring of algebraic integers. If time remains, I will give some applications of this integrality property of the representation to questions about the mapping class group.
Aaron PIXTON
Sponsors
Host institution: Dipartimento di Matematica "G. Castelnuovo"  "Sapienza" Università di Roma
PRIN 2009 "Moduli spaces and Lie theory"
Foundation Compositio Mathematica
GRIFGAGruppo di ricerca ItaloFrancese in geometria algebrica
IRMAR  Université de Rennes 1
FIRB 2010 "Lowdimensional geometry and topology" 
Organizing committee Venue The school/workshop will be held at the Department of Mathematics "Guido Castelnuovo" of "Sapienza" Università di Roma, in Aula di Consiglio (first floor).
Funding It is possible for PhDstudents and young postdocs to apply for funding for lodging guaranteed by our sponsors. Subscribe to the conference on the registration page (top left of this homepage) to apply. The deadline for applying for funding has expired. 