Branched coverings and monodromy invariants

Denis Auroux
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The first lecture will provide a quick overview of symplectic geometry and its main tools: symplectic manifolds, almost-complex structures, pseudo-holomorphic curves, Gromov-Witten invariants and Floer homology. The second and third lectures will focus on symplectic Lefschetz pencils: their construction (following Donaldson), the corresponding monodromy invariants, and their applications to symplectic topology, in particular the connection to Gromov-Witten invariants of symplectic 4-manifolds (following Smith) and to Fukaya categories (following Seidel). In the last lecture, we will offer an alternative description of symplectic 4-manifolds by viewing them as branched covers of the complex projective plane; the corresponding monodromy invariants and their potential applications will be discussed.

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