Kontsevich at the blackboard.Photo credit: Dars/Papillault

The Simons Collaboration on Homological Mirror Symmetry brings together a group of leading mathematicians working towards the goal of proving Homological Mirror Symmetry (HMS) in full generality, and fully exploring its applications.

Mirror symmetry, which emerged in the late 1980s as an unexpected physical duality between quantum field theories, has been a major source of progress in mathematics. At the 1994 ICM, Kontsevich reinterpreted mirror symmetry as a deep categorical duality: the HMS conjecture states that the derived category of coherent sheaves of a smooth projective variety is equivalent to the Fukaya category of a mirror symplectic manifold (or Landau-Ginzburg model).

We envision that our goal of proving HMS in full generality can be accomplished by combining three main viewpoints:

  1. categorical algebraic geometry and non-commutative (nc) spaces: in this language, homological mirror symmetry is the statement that the same nc-spaces can arise either from algebraic geometry or from symplectic geometry.
  2. the Strominger-Yau-Zaslow (SYZ) approach, which provides a global geometric prescription for the construction of mirror pairs.
  3. Lagrangian Floer theory and family Floer cohomology, which provide a concrete path from symplectic geometry near a given Lagrangian submanifold to an open domain in a mirror analytic space.

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