Research Workshop & Conference in CR Geometry

June 24, 2024 to July 5, 2024

CR Geometry is a vibrant area of global research that is at the intersection of many disciplines of mathematics such as complex analysis, PDEs, differential/algebraic geometry, symplectic geometry, and even mathematical physics! This event aims to invigorate research activity in CR geometry and more generally in several complex variables. We use a three pronged strategy to achieve this – workshop mini courses, conference talks, and presentation of posters. The workshop mini courses by Jiří Lebl, Purvi Gupta, and Sahil Gehlawat will be an in-depth survey of topics of current research in CR geometry, beginning from the basics and leading up to cutting edge research problems. Conference talks on the most recent research in SCV will provide an opportunity for critical discussions on these topics and motivate future research ideas. The poster presentation session offers a platform for young researchers to showcase their work and gain valuable inputs from more experienced folks. We hope that this event leads to new research activity and increased collaboration.

Mini Course Speakers

Singular Levi-flat hypersurfaces

Levi-flat hypersurfaces appear as natural objects at the intersection of several different problems in several complex variables. They are pseudoconvex from both sides, they are invariant sets of holomorphic foliations, and they are simply the flat manifolds from the point of view of CR geometry. Singularities appear naturally and are a current topic of active research. We will assume basic theory of several complex variables, and we will cover the more specialized background necessary, including CR geometry, the real-algebraic and analytic geometry, and basics of holomorphic foliations, to get to the current state of the art of Levi-flat hypersurfaces. The main technique we will consider in studying Levi-flat hypersurfaces is the Segre variety and the related techniques, which found many other uses in CR geometry.

Attaching holomorphic discs to real submanifolds in complex spaces

Given a set K inn, a holomorphic disc attached to K is a nontrivial holomorphic map from the complex one-dimensional unit disc into n that maps the boundary of the disc into K. The presence of such discs (individually, or as leaves of a foliation) is responsible for several phenomena in  complex analysis of several variables, such as the (non)solvability of linear partial differential equations, simultaneous analytic extensions, lack of polynomial approximability, regularity of the homogeneuous complex Monge–Ampère equation, etc. Furthermore, holomorphic discs generalize to the notion of J-holomorphic curves, which have played a significant role in symplectic and (almost) complex geometry. 

In this course, we will elaborate on some of the techniques used in proving the existence, regularity, and abundance of holomorphic disks attached to certain special submanifolds in n. Specifically, we will focus on the case of totally real submanifolds, where the question can be formulated as a nonlinear Riemann--Hilbert problem. While all the technical details will not be provided, we will emphasize the recurring tools in this subject. 

An Introduction to foliation theory

The aim of this minicourse is to provide an introduction to the fascinating theory of foliations. A foliation can be understood as a decomposition of a manifold M into a collection of disjoint submanifolds, known as leaves, which share the same dimension. We will begin by exploring real foliation theory, discussing fundamental properties and presenting significant examples. Following this, we will shift our focus to holomorphic foliation theory, specifically examining holomorphic foliations of dimension 1 and codimension 1, including those that may have singularities. We will look at various equivalent ways of constructing such foliations. This part of the course will cover some rigidity properties of holomorphic foliations, such as the Identity Principle. At last, we will detail the classification of all possible singular holomorphic foliations on the complex projective plane ℂℙ2.

Invited Speakers

Aakanksha Jain, IISc

Amar Deep Sarkar, IIT Bhubaneswar

Anjali, Bhatnagar, IISER Pune

Annapurna Banik, IISc

Diganta Borah, IISER Pune

Gautam Bharali, IISc

Jiju Mammen, IIT Palakkad

Mayuresh Londhe,

Indiana University

Ravi Shankar Jaiswal, TIFR CAM

Sahil Gehlawat, University of Lille

Sanjoy Chatterjee, IISER Kolkata

Suprokash Hazra,

Mid Sweden Universtiy



(CT = Conference Talk. Click on link for title & abstract. All lectures in LH111.)

Registration is now closed

(deadline for registration was 5 May, 2024)

Organizers: Sivaguru, TIFR CAM ( & Sushil Gorai, IISER Kolkata (