The geometry of pseudoholomorphic curves in the 6-sphere. Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis, and Physics: Progress and Open Problems. Duke University. September 18, 2020

Invited Talk

ABSTRACT: The 6-sphere has a well-known G_2-invariant almost complex structure and its pseudoholomorphic curves have interesting properties: They are minimal (though not homologically minimizing) and the cone on such a curve is an associative 3-fold whose local singular structure is well-understood. I will briefly survey some of the basic known results on the geometry of such pseudoholomorphic curves, in particular exploring their similarities and differences with holomorphic curves in \mathbb{CP}^3. Using a connection with the G_2(\mathbb{C})-invariant holomorphic 2-plane field on the complex 5-quadric discovered by Cartan, I will explain how one can construct pseudoholomorphic curves with some prescribed singularities. I will discuss some of what I know about the Gromov compactification of certain moduli spaces of pseudoholomorphic curves in the 6-sphere.

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Date

  • September 18, 2020

Service or Event Name

  • Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis, and Physics: Progress and Open Problems

Host Organization

  • Duke University

Location or Venue

  • virtual