Cohomological Donaldson-Thomas theory of a quiver with potential and quantum enveloping algebras

Ben Davison, Sven Meinhardt

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This paper concerns the cohomological aspects of Donaldson– Thomas theory for Jacobi algebras and the associated cohomological Hall algebra, introduced by Kontsevich and Soibelman. We prove the Hodge-theoretic
categorification of the integrality conjecture and the wall crossing formula, and furthermore realise the isomorphism in both of these theorems as Poincaré-Birkhoff-Witt isomorphisms for the associated cohomological Hall algebra. We do this by defining a perverse filtration on the cohomological Hall algebra, a result of the “hidden properness” of the semisimplification map from the moduli stack of semistable representations of the Jacobi algebra to the coarse moduli space of polystable representations. This enables us to construct a degeneration of the cohomological Hall algebra, for generic stability condition and fixed slope, to a free supercommutative algebra generated by a mixed Hodge structure categorifying the BPS invariants. As a corollary of this construction we furthermore obtain a Lie algebra structure on this mixed Hodge structure — the Lie algebra of BPS invariants — for which the entire cohomological Hall algebra can be seen as the positive part of a Yangian-type quantum group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-871
Number of pages64
JournalInventiones mathematicae
Issue number3
Early online date24 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2020


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