School Seminars and Colloquia

Volumes of moduli spaces of complex algebraic curves

Algebra/Geometry/Topology Seminar

by Peter Zograf

Institution: Steklov Institute, St. Petersburg
Date: Mon 12th October 2009
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Cuming Theatre, Chemistry

Abstract: Abstract:
The moduli spaces of (pointed) complex algebraic curves carry a natural
Kaehler metric called the Weil-Petersson metric. The volumes of moduli
spaces relative to the WP metric are important special cases of Gromov-Witten
invariants that naturally arise in both mathematics and theoretical physics
(string theory). We describe a fast algorithm for computing WP volumes
leading to a comjectural large genus asymptotic formula that holds with a
remarkable accuracy. We also discuss the asymptotics of WP volumes of
more general moduli spaces of bordered Riemann surfaces studied by

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