We show that the product in the quantum K-ring of a generalized flag manifold G/P involves only finitely many powers of the Novikov variables. In contrast to previous approaches to this finiteness question, we exploit the finite difference module structure of quantum K-theory. At the core of the proof is a bound on the asymptotic growth of the J-function, which in turn comes from an analysis of the singularities of the zastava spaces studied in geometric representation theory.
An appendix by H. Iritani establishes the equivalence between finiteness and a quadratic growth condition on certain shift operators.
We study cluster categories arising from marked surfaces (with punctures and nonempty boundaries). By constructing skewed-gentle algebras, we show that there is a bijection between tagged curves and string objects. Applications include interpreting
dimensions of Ext1 as intersection numbers of tagged curves and Auslander-Reiten translation as tagged rotation. An important consequence is that the cluster(-tilting) exchange graphs of such cluster categories are connected.
We study the oriented exchange graph EG(Gamma_N Q) ofreachable hearts in the finite-dimensional derived category D(Gamma_N Q) of the CY-N Ginzburg algebra Gamma_N Q associated to an acyclic quiver Q. We show that any such heart is induced from some heart in the bounded derived category D(Q) via some ‘Lagrangian immersion’ L :D(Q)->D(Gamma_N Q). We build on this to show that the quotient of EG(Gamma_N Q) by the Seidel–Thomas braid group is the exchange graph CEG_N−1(Q)of cluster tilting sets in the (higher) cluster category C_N−1(Q). As an application, we interpret Buan–Thomas’ coloured quiver for a cluster tilting set in terms of the Ext quiver of any corresponding heart in D(Gamma_N Q).
We study the fundamental groups of the exchange graphs for the bounded derived category D(Q) of a Dynkin quiver Q and the finite-dimensional derived category D(Gamma_N Q)of the Calabi–Yau-N Ginzburg algebra associated to Q. In the case of D(Q), we prove that its space of stability conditions (in the sense of Bridgeland) is simply connected. As an application, we show that the Donaldson–Thomas type invariant associated to Q can be calculated as a quantum dilogarithm function on its exchange graph. In the case of D(Gamma_N Q), we show that the faithfulness of the Seidel–Thomas braid group action (which is known for Q of type A or N=2) implies the simply connectedness of the space of stability conditions.