Seminars in geometry/topology

The Geometry and Topology Seminar Autumn 2021 will be on Wednesdays 14:15 - 15:15 unless otherwise stated. Please get in touch with Abi if you would like to be added to the mailing list, give a talk yourself, or have someone in mind that you would like to invite!

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Autumn 2021 - Upcoming Talks

Topology Seminar 15 December, 14:15 - 15:15, Zoom

Trygve Poppe Oldervoll (NTNU): Nearby Lagrangians and generating functions


Abstract: This talk will be about Arnold's Nearby Lagrangian conjecture in symplectic topology. I will give an introduction to the subject, and then motivate the technique of generating functions as a finite dimensional reduction of the underlying infinite dimensional variational principles. I will discuss a certain variation on this technique which is employed in a recent paper by T.Kragh and M.Abouzaid, and show how this relates to Bott periodicity in real K-theory.

Autumn 2021 - Previous Talks

Topology Seminar 8 December, 13:15 - 14:15

Sebastian Wolf (Regensburg): Condensed mathematics and exodromy


Abstract: We will give a brief introduction to the language of condensed/ pyknotic mathematics, which provides a way of keeping track of topological structures in homotopical or homological settings. We will then explain how this language can be used in order to improve the exodromy (=monodromy for exit paths) theorems of Barwick, Glasman and Haine in algebraic geometry.

Topology Seminar 1 December, 14:15 - 15:15, Sentralbygg 2 Room 734 & Zoom

Eiolf Kaspersen (NTNU): From complex cobordism to singular cohomology


Abstract: I will give an overview of several methods which can be used to study the Thom homomorphism from the complex cobordism of a space to its singular cohomology. This will include a look at Brown-Peterson cohomology, complex bordism and the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence, with the goal of proving that for a finite cell complex, the Thom homomorphism is an isomorphism in dimensions \leq 2 and injective in dimensions \leq 4.

Topology Seminar 24 November, 14:15 - 15:15, Sentralbygg 2 Room 734 & Zoom

Paul Trygsland (NTNU): Combinatorial models for topological Reeb spaces


Abstract: I will share some ideas from my recent arXiv posting "Combinatorial models for topological Reeb spaces". Fix a real-valued function f from a topological space X to \mathbb{R}. We propose to study homotopic properties provided by f utilising its sections. The sections of f assemble into a topological category, which we refer to as the section category. We can often recover the homotopy type of X as the classifying space of the section category, but this requires f to be sufficiently 'nice'. Counter-examples will be provided to motivate the class of 'nice' functions we choose to work with. I will briefly explain two applications: homology computations and Reeb graphs/topological Reeb spaces.

Topology Seminar 17 November, 14:15 - 15:15, Sentralbygg 2 Room 734 & Zoom

Sebastian Martensen (NTNU): Things to make and do in n-angulated categories


Abstract: The stable homotopy category has many nice properties, some of which originally inspired the axiomatic of triangulated categories. In these general triangulated categories, however, we can only work from the axioms, so this prompts us to think about what can actually be said of these categories in general. In 2012, Geiss, Keller, and Oppermann introduced a generalisation of triangulated categories, namely the so-called n-angulated categories, and today we are working to see what this axiomatic allows for; specifically, which results of triangulated categories transfer to this more general setting. In this talk, I will convey some of the thoughts and results that we have come across so far.

Topology Seminar 10 November, 14:15 - 15:15, Sentralbygg 2 Room 656 & Zoom

Magdalena Kedziorek (Radboud University, Netherlands): Equivariant commutativity


Abstract: In this talk I will discuss different flavours of commutativity in the world of topological objects equipped with G-actions, where G is a finite group. I will also indicate how these flavours simplify when we investigate cohomology theories with rational coefficients. I will finish with a very special example of complex K-theory - this is joint work with A.M. Bohmann, C.Hazel, J.Ishak and C.May.

Topology Seminar 27 October, 14:15 - 15:15, Sentralbygg 2 Room 734 & Zoom

Simon Rea (University of Southampton, UK): Homotopy types of PU(p)-gauge groups


Abstract: Akira Kono proved in 1991 that there are precisely six homotopy types of gauge groups of principal SU(2)-bundles over S^4. Over the past three decades, several analogous results have been obtained. We will examine the underlying strategy and methods that these results have in common. We will then focus on how PU(n)-gauge groups over spheres are related to the more well-studied SU(n)-gauge groups over spheres.

Topology Seminar 11 October (Monday), 14:15 - 15:15

Drew Heard (NTNU): Classifying subcategories of tensor-triangulated categories


Abstract: We will give an introduction to some of the basic ideas of the theory of tensor-triangulated geometry (tt-geometry), as developed by Balmer and others. We will discuss the problem of tt-classification; that is, attempting to classify objects in a category up to the tensor-triangulated structure available.

Topology Seminar 6 October, 14:15 - 15:15, Zoom & Sentralbygg 2, Room 656

Luciana Basualdo Bonatto (University of Oxford, UK): Decoupling monoids of configurations on surfaces


Abstract: The monoid of oriented surfaces with one boundary component has featured prominently in the works of Miller and Tillmann, and has been essential to understanding the Mumford conjecture. On another direction, Segal's monoid of configurations in euclidean space originated a branch of scanning results. In this talk, we are going to discuss a combination of these and look at the monoid of configurations on oriented surfaces. More than being a model for the monoid of punctured surfaces, this allows us to look at configurations with labels and even with collision rules. We will show that the group completion of this monoid does not detect that the points in the configurations are constrained to the surface: it simply sees surfaces and particles in the infinite euclidean space. In other words, the particles get decoupled and this group completion splits as a product of the well known spaces originated from the surface and Segal's monoids.

2021-12-15, Gereon Quick