Localization is a topological technique that allows us to make global equivariant computations in terms of local data at the fixed points. For example, we may compute a global integral by summing integrals at each of the fixed points. Or, if we know that the global integral is zero, we conclude that the sum of the local integrals is zero. This often turns topological questions into combinatorial ones and vice versa. This lecture will feature several instances of localization that occur at the crossroads of symplectic and algebraic geometry on the one hand, and combinatorics and representation theory on the other. The examples come largely from the symplectic category, with particular attention to toric varieties. No background in symplectic geometry or toric varieties will be assumed.


Prof. Tara Holm

Research Area

Joint Colloquium


Cornell University


Fri, 19/02/2010 - 2:00pm


Sydney University Carslaw 273