Geometric Analysis and Topology Seminar

Witten Equation and Singularity Theory

Speaker: Yongbin Ruan, Michigan Ann Arbor

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 813

Date: Friday, December 8, 2006, 11 a.m.


In 1991, Witten proposed a famous conjecture (solved by Kontsevich) related the intersection theory of Deligne-Mumford moduli space to KDV-integrable hierearchy. To generalize his conjecture, Witten proposed a remarkable PDE based any quasihomogeneous singularity. The moduli problem of Witten equation was conjectured to be the generalization of the intersection theory of Deligne-Mumford moduli space and related to more general KP-hierarchy. In the talk, we will present a scheme to solve the moduli problem of Witten equation. In particular, we will give an affirmative answer to Witten's conjecture. Furthermore, our model leads to a construction of Landou-Ginzburg A-model, which is still missing in physics. Possible future application will be discussed.