Abstract: Solenoids, inverse limits of self-coverings of the circle, are important examples of compact connected metrizable spaces. They were studied by topologists Mayer and van Dantzig, and arise in the theory of hyperbolic dynamical systems as the Smale-Williams attractor. We will use ideas from shape theory to show that homotopy equivalences of a solenoid naturally correspond to certain rational numbers. The full solenoid over a space X is the inverse limit of -all- finite covers of X. We will state a generalization of the 1-dimensional result, relating homotopy equivalences of the full solenoid over a finite CW complex X to isomorphisms between finite-index subgroups of pi_1(X). If time permits, we will say a word on the Teichmuller theory of the full solenoid over a closed hyperbolic surface.
Abstract: In 2012, D. Gay and R. Kirby proved that every closed oriented 4-manifold admits a trisection: a decomposition of the space into three standard pieces. Since then, many mathematicians have used trisections to study 4-manifolds from various perspectives: from morse functions, complexes of curves, group theory, to mention some. The goal of this talk is to survey recent ideas and results surrounding the theory of trisections. No specialized background will be assumed.
Abstract: I will present the construction of a strong G-equivariant deformation
retraction from the homeomorphism group of the 2-sphere to the
orthogonal group, where G acts on the left by isometry and on the
right by reflection through the origin. This induces a strong
G-equivariant deformation retraction from the homeomorphism group of
the projective plane to the special orthogonal group, where G is the
special orthogonal group acting on the projective plane. The same
holds for subgroups of homeomorphisms that preserve the system of null
sets. This confirms a conjecture of Mary-Elizabeth Hamstrom.
Abstract: Topological posets allow for the construction of a space which can be viewed as a generalization of the order complex of a discrete poset. We will discuss how this structure can be used to understand the topology of a corank 1 matroid over the tropical phase hyperfield on 4 elements.
Abstract: In this talk I will discuss various lifts of the characteristic polynomial to the setting of algebraic K-theory, and describe the relationship to trace methods and to topological fixed-point theory.
Abstract: Topological Hochschild homology (THH), first defined for ring spectra and then later dg-categories and spectrally enriched categories, is an important invariant with connections to algebraic K-theory and fixed point methods. The existence of THH in such diverse contexts motivated Ponto to introduce a notion that can encompass the various perspectives: a shadow of bicategories. On the other side, many versions of THH have been generalized to the homotopy coherent setting providing us with motivation to develop an analogous homotopy coherent notion of shadows.
The goal of this talk is to use an appropriate bicategorical notion of THH to prove that a shadow on a bicategory is equivalent to a functor out of THH of that bicategory. We then use this result to give an alternative conceptual understanding of shadows as well as an appropriate definition of a homotopy coherent shadow.
This is joint work with Kathryn Hess.
Abstract: A rich source of examples of smooth 4-manifolds comes from
finding a composition of Dehn twists on a closed surface which is
isotopic to the identity map. I'll describe how to turn this into a
source of examples of crown diagrams of smooth 4-manifolds.
Abstract: A celebrated theorem of Davis and Januszkiewicz shows that
every right-angled Artin group (RAAG) is isomorphic to a finite index subgroup of some
right-angled Coxeter group (RACG). The converse, however, is not
true and the question of which RACGs are quasi-isometric to RAAGs
has achieved folk status. In this talk we will discuss the state
of the art on this question, which uses some of the most powerful
tools in Geometric Group Theory. We will focus on the generic version of this question, using random graphs to model random right-angled Coxeter groups and show that at low enough density the answer is (almost surely) never.
Abstract: I will discuss a very concrete and elementary construction allowing one
to associate a pair of numbers to each crossing in a crown diagram, and
discuss invariance properties for a particular “salient sequence” of
these numbers. If time permits, I'll point out a few promising
directions in which one could take the construction.