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Title: In the hall of the flop king : two applications of perverse coherent sheaves to Donaldson-Thomas invariants
Author: Calabrese, John
ISNI:       0000 0004 2744 885X
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2012
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This thesis contains two main results. The first is a comparison formula for the Donaldson-Thomas invariants of two (complex, smooth and projective) Calabi-Yau threefolds related by a flop; the second is a proof of the projective case of the Crepant Resolution Conjecture for Donaldson-Thomas invariants, as stated by Bryan, Cadman and Young. Both results rely on Bridgeland’s category of perverse coherent sheaves, which is the heart of a t-structure in the derived category of the given Calabi-Yau variety. The first formula is a consequence of various identities in an appropriate motivic Hall algebra followed by an implementation of the integration morphism (using the technology of Joyce and Song). Our proof of the crepant resolution conjecture is a quick and elegant application of the first formula in the context of the derived McKay correspondence of Bridgeland, King and Reid. The first chapter is introductory and is followed by two chapters of background material. The last two chapters are devoted to the proofs of the main results.
Supervisor: Bridgeland, Tom Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Algebraic geometry ; Mathematics ; derived categories ; Donaldson-Thomas invariants ; curve counting