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This workshop, sponsored by AIM and the NSF, will be devoted to bringing together mathematicians and physicists who are working on the circle of ideas concerning:

- The asymptotic geometry of manifolds with special holonomy;
- New analytic techniques to study elliptic theory on manifolds with asymptotically regular geometry;
- The role of compactifications in this analysis;
- $L^2$ Hodge theory on such spaces;
- Other techniques from topology and elsewhere related to these questions, including intersection cohomology, etc.;
- The construction and nature of various Yang-Mills moduli spaces over such spaces.

Recently and quite independently, ideas related to duality in string theory have led physicists to a series of questions and conjectures concerning L^{2} harmonic forms on various classes of noncompact manifolds. Perhaps the most famous of these is the `Sen conjecture' which makes predictions about the L2 cohomology of the monopole moduli spaces over ^{3} (with respect to their natural hyperKahler metrics); several other related conjectures appear in papers of Vafa and Witten, Brandhuber, Gomis, Gubser and Gukov, and other work of Sen.

The motivation for this workshop is that physicists are generating many important new ideas and directions in this field, concerning Hodge theory on various classes of complete manifolds with special holonomy (e.g. gravitational instantons, G_{2} manifolds, etc.). As is often the case when mathematics and physics connect in new ways, the mathematical community has yet to absorb many of these ideas, and likewise, the physicists are not always aware of some of the newer and more powerful mathematical techniques which have been developed in this area. This makes it a very propitious time to try to bridge this gap.

The workshop will differ from typical conferences in some regards. Participants will be invited to suggest open problems and questions before the workshop begins, and these will be posted on the workshop website. These include specific problems on which there is hope of making some progress during the workshop, as well as more ambitious problems which may influence the future activity of the field. Lectures at the workshop will be focused on familiarizing the participants with the background material leading up to specific problems, and the schedule will include discussion and working sessions.

Invited participants include B. Ammann, R. Bielawski, J. Bruening, G. Carron, J. Cheeger, S. Cherkis, M. Cvetic, X. Dai, A. Degeratu, G. Etesi, E. Gasparim, B. Goetz, J. Gomis, D. Grieser, M. Gualtieri, M. Haskins, T. Hausel, E. Hunsicker, M. Jardim, K. Lee, Y. Lim, M. Marcolli, J. Martens, R. Mazzeo, R. Melrose, S. Paycha, L. Saper, E. Silverstein, M. Singer, X. Wang, and N. Yeganefar.

The deadline to apply for support to participate in this workshop has passed.

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