Geometry/Physics Seminar

Title: A homotopy-theoretic view of Bott-Taubes integrals and knot spaces
Speaker: Robin Koytcheff
Speaker Info: Brown University
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Bott and Taubes considered a bundle over the space of knots whose fiber is a compactified configuration space, and they constructed knot invariants by performing integration along the fiber of this bundle. Their method was subsequently used to construct real cohomology classes in spaces of knots in R^n, n > 3. Replacing integration of differential forms by a Pontrjagin-Thom construction, I have constructed cohomology classes with arbitrary coefficients. Motivated by work of Budney and F. Cohen on the homology of the space of long knots in R^3, I have also proven a product formula for these classes with respect to connect-sum. If time permits, I will mention some progress towards further understanding these classes using a cosimplicial model for knot spaces coming from the Goodwillie-Weiss embedding calculus.
Date: Thursday, October 07, 2010
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 107
Contact Person: John Francis
Contact email: jnkf@math.northwestern.edu
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