Topology Seminar

The seminar has talks on a variety of topics in topology, including algebraic geometry, chromatic homotopy theory, continuum theory, model categories, Nielsen fixed-point theory, simplicial sets, span theory, symmetric spectra, and topological groups.

For more information contact Daniel Davis.

Spring 2015 Topology Seminar

Fridays at 1:00 in MDD 208

  • 6 February 2015
    No seminar due to the Mathematics Colloquium at 1:10.
  • 13 February 2015
    Time and location change due to holiday: 10:00 MDD 202
    An overview of Bousfield localization for spectra
    Daniel Davis
  • 20 February 2015
    Instead of a seminar, there is a Mathematics Colloquium in topology:
    Finite-type invariants and Taylor towers for spaces of knots and links
    Robin Koytcheff (University of Victoria)
  • 27 February 2015
    Part I: a little more on Bousfield localization; Part II: Lindner's paper on Mackey functors
    Daniel Davis
  • 6 March 2015
    A 'Mackey functor' (which is a certain pair of functors) really is a functor!
    Daniel Davis
  • 13 March 2015
    No seminar: The 2014 Lloyd Roeling Conference/2015 SRAC starts today.
  • 20 March 2015
    More on Mackey functors: finishing Lindner's theorem and the example for finite G-sets
    Daniel Davis
  • 27 March 2015
    An Introduction to Sheaves
    Christopher Ryan
    Abstract: The notion of a sheaf is introduced, and some basic properties of sheaves are given along with the origins and motivation of sheaf theory.
  • 17 April 2015
    Motivic K-theory symmetric ring spectrum
    Youngsoo Kim (Tuskegee University)
    The construction of a motivic symmetric ring spectrum representing algebraic K-theory will be presented. We will discuss the associativity of the multiplicative structure, and also discuss how it can be solved using standard vector bundles.
  • 24 April 2015
    Modules and splittings
    Scott Bailey (Clayton State University)
    Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss past, present, and future work in the classification of stable isomorphism classes of B-modules (where B is a sub-Hopf algebra of the Steenrod algebra). Past, present, and future applications to the splitting of the Tate spectra of v_n-periodic cohomology theories will also be discussed.
  • 1 May 2015
    Resolutions of the $K(2)$-local sphere spectrum
    Irina Bobkova (University of Rochester)
    Abstract: Computing the stable homotopy groups of spheres is a long-standing problem in algebraic topology. I will begin by introducing the subject of chromatic homotopy theory which describes the homotopy of the p-local sphere spectrum S through a family of localizations $L_{K(n)}S$ with respect to Morava K-theories $K(n)$. I will discuss computational tools which arise from the theory of formal group laws and their deformations. Then I will specialize to the $K(2)$-local category and talk about finite resolutions of the $K(2)$-local sphere spectrum by a sequence of spectra and some recent computations.

Information about the last few semesters is provided below.

Fall 2014 Topology Seminar

Fridays at 1:00 in MDD 208

  • 19 September 2014
    Cohomology: A Mirror of Homotopy
    Agnes Beaudry (University of Chicago)
    Abstract: The philosophy of chromatic homotopy theory is that the stable homotopy groups of the sphere $S$ can be reassembled from the homotopy groups of a family of spectra $L_{K(n)}S$. Roughly, $L_{K(n)}S$ is the $n$-th chromatic layer of $S$. There are spectral sequences whose input is the cohomology of a group, the Morava Stabilizer group, and whose output is the homotopy of the $n$-th chromatic layer. In this talk, I will illustrate how some of these spectral sequences mirror the homotopy groups of $L_{K(n)}S$ and of $S$.
  • 3 October 2014
    Model categories and the example of simplicial sets
    Daniel Davis
  • 17 October 2014
    Model categories: some results and homotopy-theoretic maneuvers
    Daniel Davis
  • 31 October 2014
    What is a simplicial category? A simplicial model category?
    Daniel Davis
  • 7 November 2014
    Face maps, degeneracies, \Delta[3], and left homotopy
    Daniel Davis
  • 14 November 2014
    A canonical presentation of an arbitrary simplicial set and the example of \Delta[2]
    Daniel Davis
  • 21 November 2014
    Cofibrant objects, projectives, and left homotopy
    Daniel Davis
  • 5 December 2014
    Left homotopy in general and for simplicial sets, and Whitehead's theorem
    Daniel Davis

Spring 2014 Topology Seminar

Fridays at 1:00 in MDD 208

  • 31 January 2014
    Bigraded modules, exact couples, and spectral sequences
    Daniel Davis
  • 7 February 2014
    The tail of quantum spin networks
    Mustafa Hajij (graduate student, LSU)
    Abstract: We study the tail, a q-power series invariant of a sequence of admissible trivalent graphs with edges colored n or 2n. We use local skein relations to understand and compute the tail of these graphs. For many quantum spin networks they turn out to be interesting number-theoretic q-series. In particular, certain quantum spin networks give a skein-theoretic proof for the Andrews-Gordon identities for the two-variable Ramanujan theta function as well to corresponding identities for the false theta function. Finally, we also give a product formula that the tail of such graphs satisfies.
  • 14 February 2014
    A nugget in the tool chest of a working homotopy theorist: affine group schemes
    Daniel Davis
  • Note
    The speaker originally scheduled for 14 February, Scott Bailey (Clayton State University), was not able to make it due to the ice storm in Atlanta. He had planned to speak on: Modules and splittings
    Abstract: In this talk, we will discuss past, present, and future work in the classification of stable isomorphism classes of B-modules (where B is a sub-Hopf algebra of the Steenrod algebra). Past, present, and future applications to the splitting of the Tate spectra of v_n-periodic cohomology theories will also be discussed.
  • 21 February 2014
    Invariant contact structures on 7-dimensional nilmanifolds
    Sergii Kutsak (Florida Institute of Technology)
    Abstract: I will give the list of all 7-dimensional nilpotent real Lie algebras that admit a contact structure. Based on this list, I will describe all 7-dimensional nilmanifolds that admit an invariant contact structure. Also I will give countably infinitely many examples of 7-dimensional nilmanifolds $N$ such that $N$ admits an invariant contact structure and $N \times S^1$ cannot admit a symplectic structure.
  • 28 February 2014
    Vojislav Petrovic (graduate student)
    (Note: Due to the preparations for Mardi Gras, Voja's talk has been rescheduled for 2 May 2014.)
  • 7 March 2014
    A computation in stable homotopy theory using topological modular forms
    Don Larson (Penn State Altoona)
    Abstract: In this talk we will discuss a computation related to a very important object in stable homotopy theory known as the (3-primary) $K(2)$-local sphere. We will first put this computation in the context of a broader problem---namely, computing the stable homotopy groups of spheres---and then describe some surprising connections with classical number-theoretic objects like elliptic curves and modular forms. Finally, we will talk a bit about the computation itself.
  • 14 March 2014
    Finite subgroups of a formal group of height 2 over F_9
    Yifei Zhu (Northwestern University)
    Abstract: As an algebraic invariant attached to topological spaces, an elliptic cohomology theory records information about elliptic curves and integral modular forms. In particular, power operations in such a cohomology theory encode moduli problems of elliptic curves, specifically cyclic isogenies of the corresponding power. In this talk I'll discuss an explicit example.
  • 21 March 2014
    Spaces of commuting elements in Lie groups
    Mentor Stafa (Tulane University)
    Abstract: We study the spaces of commuting n-tuples in a compact and connected Lie group G, denoted Hom(Z^k,G). We introduce an infinite dimensional topological space denoted Comm(G), reminiscent of a Stiefel variety, that assembles the spaces Hom(Z^k,G) into a single space. This construction admits stable decompositions which allow the study of the spaces Hom(Z^k,G) and the Hilbert-Poincare series is also calculated using Molien's theorem. The cohomology of Comm(G) is given in terms of the tensor algebra generated by the reduced homology of the maximal torus. This is joint work with Fred Cohen.
  • 28 March 2014
    Zariski's intrinsic description of nonsingular affine varieties
    Chris Ryan (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
    Abstract: This is an expository talk on the subject of classical algebraic geometry. We will look at a fundamental theorem of Zariski, which states that an affine variety is nonsingular at a point P if and only if the local ring of P on Y is a regular local ring.
  • 4 April 2014
    Knot and link invariants for vector fields
    Rafal Komendarczyk (Tulane University)
    Abstract: In 1979, V. I. Arnold showed that the fundamental invariant of 2--component links i.e. the linking number, can be generalized to an invariant of volume preserving vector fields. In this talk, the Arnold's construction will be outlined, as well as its various applications. Further, more recent results concerning generalizations of this construction to Vassiliev invariants of knots, will be discussed (joint work with Ismar Volic).
  • 11 April 2014
    A Projective Model Structure on Pro-categories, and the Relative Étale Homotopy Type
    Tomer Schlank (M.I.T.)
    Abstract: Isaksen showed that a proper model category $C$, induces a model structure on the pro-category $Pro(C)$. In this talk I will present a new method for defining a model structure on the pro-category $Pro(C)$. This method requires $C$ to satisfy a much weaker condition than having a model structure. The main application will be a novel model structure on pro-simplicial sheaves. We see that in this model structure a "topological lift" of Artin and Mazur's Étale homotopy type is naturally obtained as an application of some natural derived functor to the terminal object of the étale topos. This definition can be naturally generalized to a relative setting, namely, given a map of topoi T \to S, we get a notion of a relative homotopy type of T over S which is a Pro-simplicial object in S. This definition turns out to be useful for the study of rational points on algebraic varieties. This is a joint work with Ilan Barnea.
  • 2 May 2014
    Derived functors of inverse limits and profinite G-modules
    Vojislav Petrovic (graduate student)

Fall 2013 Topology Seminar

Fridays at 11:00 in MDD 311

  • 13 September 2013
    How do we regard a set of interesting morphisms in a category as being isomorphisms?
    Daniel Davis
  • 20 September 2013
    The homotopy category of a homotopical category
    Daniel Davis
  • 27 September 2013
    A presentation of the morphisms in a homotopy category by type
    Daniel Davis
  • 4 October 2013
    A 3-arrow calculus for a homotopical category and saturation
    Daniel Davis
  • 18 October 2013
    Boolean spaces
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 25 October 2013
    Representation theorems for Boolean algebras
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 1 November 2013
    A homotopical version of uniqueness in a category
    Daniel Davis
  • 8 November 2013
    Lloyd Roeling Topology Conference
  • 15 November 2013
    On poset polynomials
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 22 November 2013
    Boolean quotients and Boolean derivatives
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 6 December 2013
    Continuous group cohomology of discrete G-modules and $\delta$-functors
    Vojislav Petrovic (graduate student)

Spring 2013 Topology Seminar

Fridays at 1:00 in MDD 214

  • 1 February 2013
    An introduction to double categories
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 8 February 2013
    No seminar -- Mardi Gras break
  • 15 February 2013
    Symmetric spectra: the objects that give rise to generalized cohomology theories
    Daniel Davis
  • 22 February 2013
    The symmetric monoidal category of symmetric spectra
    Daniel Davis
  • 29 February 2013
    no seminar this week
  • 8 March 2013
    Symmetric spectra: some examples and the notion of stable equivalence
    Daniel Davis
  • 15 March 2013
    The Temperley-Lieb category and its applications
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 22 March 2013
    On some models in statistical mechanics and their connections with topology
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 12 April 2013
    On n-ary algebras and their applications in knot theory
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 19 April 2013
    On stable equivalences and connective symmetric spectra
    Daniel Davis
  • 26 April 2013
    Finite projective geometry
    Vic Schneider

Fall 2012 Topology Seminar

Fridays at noon in MDD 214

  • 7 September 2012
    Entropic operations in knot theory
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 14 September 2012
    The Cuntz semigroup of low dimensional spaces
    Leonel Robert
    Abstract: I will first define the Cuntz semigroup of a topological space (this object is of interest to C*-algebraists). I'll then describe the Cuntz semigroup for spaces of dimensions 0,1,2, and 3.
  • 21 September 2012 (ROOM CHANGE MDD 311)
    Progress on the "Hit Problem"
    Shaun Ault (Valdosta State University)
  • 28 September 2012
    An introduction to nonabelian continuous cohomology
    Daniel Davis
  • 5 October 2012
    A non-short, but not long, exact sequence in nonabelian continuous cohomology
    Daniel Davis
  • 19 October 2012
    How does one build a Thom spectrum?
    Daniel Davis
  • 26 October 2012
    An introduction to tolerance space theory
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 2 November 2012
    Finite geometries
    Vic Schneider
  • 9 November 2012
    Bicomplex from degenerate elements of a weak simplicial module
    Jozef Przytycki (The George Washington University)
    Abstract: Knot Theory motivated homology of quandles and racks, these in turn motivated the speaker to introduce distributive homology and to show that they can be described by a weak simplicial module. The degenerate part is not acyclic, however, it splits and its (right handed) filtration leads to a bicomplex, which is very approachable in the case of distributive homology.
  • 16 November 2012
    Some remarks on differential groupoids
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 30 November 2012
    Finite geometries, part 2
    Vic Schneider

Spring 2012 Topology Seminar

  • 27 January 2012
    Introduction to Haar integrals
    Vic Schneider
  • 3 February 2012
    Introduction to Haar integrals, part 2
    Vic Schneider
  • 10 February 2012
    The ends of groups
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 17 February 2012
    Ordered sets in combinatorics and topology
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 24 February 2012
    A discussion of inverse limits without a formal definition
    Brian Hill (graduate student)
  • 2 March 2012
  • 9 March 2012
    Lusternik-Schnirelmann theory - old and new
    Yuli Rudyak (University of Florida)
  • 16 March 2012
    A discussion of inverse limits without a formal definition, part 2
    Brian Hill (graduate student)
  • 23 March 2012
    Ordered sets in combinatorics and topology, part 2
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 30 March 2012
    Tent maps and topological conjugacy
    Brian Hill (graduate student)
  • 20 April 2012
    Pro-objects in a category and their morphisms
    Daniel Davis
  • 27 April 2012
    Ordered sets in combinatorics and topology, part 3
    Maciej Niebrzydowski

Fall 2011 Topology Seminar

  • 2 September 2011
    On some Cayley type theorems
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 9 September 2011
    On some Cayley type theorems, part 2
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 16 September 2011
    Selfcoincidences of Mappings between Spheres
    Duane Randall (Loyola University, New Orleans)
    Abstract: The concepts of loose and also loose by small deformation are defined for mappings between spheres. The relationship in certain dimensions between mappings which are loose, but not loose by small deformation, with the existence or non-existence of Kervaire invariant one elements will be explained.
  • 23 September 2011
    Discrete groups and manifolds in S2xR
    Jozsef Z. Farkas
    Abstract: Thurston's geometrization conjecture played a crucial role for example in proving the Poincare conjecture. There are eight homogeneous simply connected geometries which give rise to compact three-manifolds. One of the simplest of the non-constant curvature ones is the space S2xR, which as its name suggests, is the direct product of the sphere with the real line. Similarly to the "Euclidean strategy" we classify the crystallographic groups in S2xR. We find 134 equivalence classes of space groups up to similarity. These in turn give rise to the 4 well-known compact manifolds admitting S2xR geometry.
  • 30 September 2011
    Obstruction theory for E_infty maps
    Niles Johnson (University of Georgia)
    Abstract: We take an obstruction-theoretic approach to the question of algebraic structure on spectra. At its heart, this is an application of the Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence adapted for general operadic structure in a range of topological categories. This talk will focus on examples from rational homotopy theory which illustrate the obstructions to rigidifying homotopy algebra maps between differential graded algebras to strict algebra maps. In the topological context, these provide explicit examples of H_infty maps which cannot be rigidified to E_infty maps.
  • 7 October 2011
    An introduction to operads and algebras over operads
    Daniel Davis
  • 14 October 2011
    Algebras over operads and some canonical examples
    Daniel Davis
  • 28 October 2011
    S2xR space groups: generalized Coxeter groups and ball packings
    Jozsef Farkas
  • 4 November 2011
    Fibered categories, fibers, and groupoids
    Daniel Davis
  • 11 November 2011
    Categories fibered in groupoids, monoids, and classifying spaces
    Daniel Davis
  • 2 December 2011
    Profinite Groups and Discrete G-Sets
    Brian Hill (graduate student)
    Abstract: Some interactions between profinite groups and discrete G-sets will be explored. In addition, we will examine the sets of morphisms between discrete G-sets, as well as the Hom-set functor.

Spring 2011 Topology Seminar

  • 19 January 2011
    Schubert polynomials and cohomology of flag manifolds
    Leonardo Mihalcea
  • 26 January 2011
    Inverse limits with subsets of IxI
    Thelma West
  • 2 February 2011
    Inverse limits with subsets of IxI, Part 2
    Thelma West
  • 16 February 2011
    Inverse limits with subsets of IxI, Part 3
    Thelma West
  • 23 February 2011
    Inverse limits of upper semi-continuous set valued functions
    Thelma West
  • 2 March 2011
    Schubert varieties revisited
    Leonardo Mihalcea
  • 16 March 2011
    Towards Schubert polynomials
    Leonardo Mihalcea
  • 23 March 2011
    Towards Schubert polynomials, part 2
    Leonardo Mihalcea
  • 30 March 2011
    Spatial graphs and their invariants
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 6 April 2011
    Areas of certain quadrilaterals
    Vic Schneider
  • 13 April 2011
    Areas of certain quadrilaterals, part 2
    Vic Schneider
  • 27 April 2011
    Continuous group cohomology for towers of discrete G-modules
    Daniel Davis

Fall 2010 Topology Seminar

  • 17 September 2010
    Knotted surfaces
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 24 September 2010
    Knotted surfaces, part 2
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 8 October 2010
    A Tale of Six Atriodic Continua, Part 1
    Thelma West
  • 15 October 2010
    No seminar this week due to the Roeling Conference.
  • 22 October 2010
    A Tale of Six Atriodic Continua, Part 2
    Thelma West
  • 29 October 2010
  • 5 November 2010
    Introduction to inverse limits
    Thelma West
  • 12 November 2010
    Quantum Schubert Calculus
    Leonardo Mihalcea
    This will be a gentle introduction to main definitions and ideas of Schubert Calculus and its "quantum" version for Grassmannians.
  • 19 November 2010
    An introduction to model categories
    Daniel Davis
  • 3 December 2010
    An introduction to model categories, part 2
    Daniel Davis

Spring 2010 Topology Seminar

  • January 29th:
    Kan complexes and categories
    Daniel Davis
  • February 5th:
    Kan complexes and $\infty$-categories
    Daniel Davis
  • February 19th:
    $\infty$-categories and composition through horns
    Daniel Davis
  • February 26th:
    Introduction to digital topology
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • March 12th:
    Axiomatic digital topology
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • March 19th:
    'Composition' and joins for $\infty$-categories
    Daniel Davis
  • March 26th:
    Equivalent metrics and the spans of graphs, Part I
    Thelma West
  • April 16th:
    Equivalent metrics and the spans of graphs, Part II
    Thelma West
  • April 23rd:
    Equivalent metrics and the spans of graphs, Part III
    Thelma West
  • April 30th (ROOM 208):
    $A^1$-Representability of Hermitian $K$-theory
    Girja Shanker Tripathi (graduate student, LSU)
    Abstract: I will discuss my result that in the $A^1$-homotopy category of smooth schemes over a field of characteristic not equal to 2, the Hermitian $K$-theory is representable by "orthogonal Grassmannians." This result is the Hermitian analogue of the corresponding result for algebraic $K$-theory. I will introduce some ideas (parallel to the ones in topology) from the $A^1$-homotopy theory developed by Morel and Voevodsky (1999).

Fall 2009 Topology Seminar

  • 11 September 2009:
    Graph embeddings and chromatic numbers
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 18 September 2009:
    More on graph embeddings
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 25 September 2009:
    Sheaves of sets on a Grothendieck site
    Daniel Davis
  • 9 October 2009:
    Limits and sheaves of sets on a site
    Daniel Davis
  • 16 October 2009:
    Crossing numbers of graphs
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • 23 October 2009:
    What is the Dimension of R(n)?
    Roger Waggoner
  • 30 October 2009:
    Lloyd Roeling Conference
  • 6 November 2009:
    Representing graphs
    Jake Sundberg (graduate student)
  • 13 November 2009:
    Representing graphs, part two
    Jake Sundberg (graduate student)
  • 20 November 2009:
    Path connectedness
    Vic Schneider
  • 4 December 2009:
    Path connectedness, part 2
    Vic Schneider

Spring 2009 Topology Seminar

  • January 21st:
    Introduction to span
    Thelma West
  • January 28th:
    Span, pt. II: a consideration of 'an atriodic tree-like continuum with positive span' (after Ingram)
    Thelma West
  • February 6th:
    Sheaves of abelian groups on topological spaces
    Daniel Davis
  • February 13th:
    Regular Sequences in unstable algebras over the Steenrod algebra
    Mara Neusel (Texas Tech)
  • February 20th:
    Connections between graph theory and knot theory
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • February 27th:
    Defining sheaves with equalizer diagrams and Grothendieck sites
    Daniel Davis
  • March 6th:
    Fibered products, sieves, and pretopologies on categories
  • March 13th:
    Connections between graph theory and knot theory, Part II
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • March 20th:
    Obtaining Grothendieck sites via bases
  • March 27th:
    Topological quandles
  • April 3rd:
    Introduction to hyperspaces
    Thelma West
  • April 24th:
    An Application of the snake and horseshoe lemmas to the functors Hom( - , G) and Ext( - , G), in the category Ab
    Chris Ryan (graduate student)
  • May 1st:
    Size levels of arcs, continued
    Thelma West

Fall 2008 Topology Seminar

  • September 5:
    Introduction to Khovanov homology I
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • September 12:
    No seminar due to Hurricane Ike
  • September 19:
    Introduction to Khovanov homology II
    Maciej Niebrzydowski
  • September 26:
    Introduction to simplicial sets
    Daniel Davis
  • October 3:
    No seminar due to Fall break
  • October 10:
    No seminar due to Hurricane Ike makeup classes
  • October 17:
    Homotopy theory and simplicial sets
    Daniel Davis
  • October 24:
    Gram determinants in Knot Theory: skein module motivation
    Jozef Przytycki (The George Washington University)
  • October 31:
    The lattice of topologies on the set
    Vic Schneider
  • November 7:
    The lattice of topologies on the set, part 2
    Vic Schneider
  • November 14:
    No seminar
  • November 21:
    Dimension theory 101
    Roger Waggoner
  • December 5:
    Elementary open problems in knot theory
    Maciej Niebrzydowski

Spring 2008 Topology Seminar

  • January 28:
    Inverse limits of spaces and their homotopy limits, with an eye on examples in continuum theory,
    Daniel Davis.
  • February 11:
    Beginning steps in understanding the relationship between algebraic geometry and complex-oriented cohomology theories,
    Daniel Davis.
  • February 18:
    Quandles, racks, and related knot invariants,
    Maciej Niebrzydowski.
  • February 25:
    Quandle homology theories and their connection with geometry of knots,
    Maciej Niebrzydowski.
  • March 3:
    Topological groups,
    Vic Schneider.
  • March 10:
    Topological groups, part two,
    Vic Schneider.
  • March 17:
    The homological algebra of the continuous cohomology of topological groups increases as one restricts to profinite groups,
    Daniel Davis.
  • March 31:
    Three basic examples employing inverse limits, Part I,
    Thelma West.
    Inverse limits have appeared in various ways in the seminar, but no speaker has yet really dug into the interior of an inverse limit of topological spaces and really unpacked its meaning in a particular situation. One of the purposes of this talk (and the sequel on April 21st) is to give graduate students a better feel for inverse limits.
  • April 7:
    The Fixed Point Property,
    Roger Waggoner.
  • April 14:
    The Nielsen number,
    Roger Waggoner.
  • April 21:
    Three basic examples employing inverse limits, Part II,
    Thelma West. (This talk is a continuation of the March 31st seminar.)
  • April 28:
    Higher Grothendieck-Witt groups in Algebra and Topology,
    Marco Schlichting (Louisiana State University).
    Abstract: I will motivate the study of higher Grothendieck-Witt groups (alias hermitian K-groups) of rings and schemes with two examples from topology-- cobordism categories of certain 4 manifolds (due to Giansiracusa) and an algebraic reinterpretation of 8-fold real Bott periodicity (due to Karoubi). Then I will explain a recent result of mine concerning the local-global behavior of those groups.
  • May 5:
    Part one: a brief statement of the definition of elliptic spectrum (related to Q(2) - from the last result of Daniel's colloquium)
    Daniel Davis, 5 minutes;
    Part two: Elliptic curves, their associated abelian groups, and points of finite order,
    Matthew Lennon (graduate student), a 25-minute talk;
    Part three: The Nielsen number and the Jiang subgroup,
    Roger Waggoner, a 35-minute talk.