Infinite Dimensional Algebra Seminar: Elijah Bodish (MIT)

Friday, February 09, 2024 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Building 2, 135
182 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02139

Speaker:  Elijah Bodish (MIT)

Title:       Spin link homology and webs in type B


In their study of GL(N)-GL(m) Howe duality, Cautis-Kamnitzer-Morrison observed that the GL(N) Reshetikhin-Turaev link invariant can be computed in terms of quantum gl(m). This idea inspired Cautis and Lauda-Queffelec-Rose to give a construction of GL(N) link homology in terms of Khovanov-Lauda's categorified quantum gl(m). There is a Spin(2n+1)-Spin(m) Howe duality, and a quantum analogue which was first studied by Wenzl. In the first half of the talk I will explain how to use this duality to compute the Spin(2n+1) link polynomial, and present calculations which suggest that the Spin(2n+1) link invariant is obtained from the GL(2n) link invariant by folding. In the second part of the talk, I will introduce the parallel categorified constructions and explain how to use them to define Spin(2n+1) link homology.

This is based on joint work in progress with Ben Elias and David Rose.


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