Topology Seminar

Title: Recognition of n-fold loop spaces and symmetrisation of n-operads
Speaker: Professor Michael Batanin
Speaker Info: Macquarie University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

The notion of n-operad came from n-category theory. 1-operads are clasical nonsymmetric operads. For any n there is a pair of adjoint functors (desymmetrisation and symmetrisation) between categories of n-operads and symmetric operads. I will show that there is a contractible topological n-operad (the Getzler-Jones operad) whose symmetrisation is exactly the operad of compactified configuration spaces of points in R^n of Fulton and Macpherson. This implies that contractible n-operads detect n-fold loop spaces.
Date: Monday, May 15, 2006
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Prof. Paul Goerss
Contact email: pgoerss@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-8544
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