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DR/DZ equivalence conjecture and tautological relations

Alexandr Buryak, Jérémy Guéré and Paolo Rossi

Geometry & Topology 23 (2019) 3537–3600

We present a family of conjectural relations in the tautological ring of the moduli spaces of stable curves which implies the strong double ramification/Dubrovin–Zhang equivalence conjecture introduced by the authors with Dubrovin (Comm. Math. Phys. 363 (2018) 191–260). Our tautological relations have the form of an equality between two different families of tautological classes, only one of which involves the double ramification cycle. We prove that both families behave the same way upon pullback and pushforward with respect to forgetting a marked point. We also prove that our conjectural relations are true in genus 0 and 1 and also when first pushed forward from ̄g,n+m to ̄g,n and then restricted to g,n for any g,n,m 0. Finally we show that, for semisimple CohFTs, the DR/DZ equivalence only depends on a subset of our relations, finite in each genus, which we prove for g 2. As an application we find a new formula for the class λg as a linear combination of dual trees intersected with kappa- and psi-classes, and we check it for g 3.

moduli space of curves, cohomology, double ramification cycle, partial differential equations
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 14H10
Secondary: 37K10
Received: 5 May 2018
Accepted: 4 November 2018
Published: 30 December 2019
Proposed: Yasha Eliashberg
Seconded: Richard Thomas, Jim Bryan
Alexandr Buryak
School of Mathematics
University of Leeds
United Kingdom
Jérémy Guéré
Université Grenoble Alpes
Institut Fourier
Paolo Rossi
Dipartimento di Matematica “Tullio Levi-Civita”
Università degli Studi di Padova