Time and place: Jan. 20, 2022 2:15 PM4:00 PM, NHA B1120
Hilbert schemes of points for a surface are a well studied subject with many famous results like Göttsche’s formula for its Betti numbers. A natural generalization comes from studying Grothendieck’s Quot-schemes and the associated enumerative invariants. Unlike the former, punctual Quot-schemes are smooth only virtually admitting perfect obstruction theories and virtual fundamental classes. This has recently been used to study invariants counting zero-dimensional quotients of trivial vector bundles by multiple authors who used virtual localization and therefore could not treat the case of a general vector bundle. We rely on other techniques which use a general wall-crossing framework of D. Joyce to study these. Our methods rely on existence of a Lie algebra coming from vertex algebras constructed out of topological data. I will explain how these arise naturally in the Quot-scheme setting and how one can obtain explicit invariants and study their symmetries.