Graduate Student Seminar

Title: Genera of manifolds in K-theory
Speaker: Takuo Matsuoka
Speaker Info: Northwestern University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

A genus is a certain kind of cobordism invariant of manifolds whose values are 'numbers'. For spin manifolds, there is one called A-hat genus, whose values are integers (mod 2 in some context). This genus has an important meaning to topological K-theory.

Even though A-hat genus has a simple description in terms of algebraic topology, the Atiyah--Singer index theorem can be used to give it an analytical meaning by describing it as the Fredholm index of a certain differential operator. I would like to explain this after giving a K-theoretic formulation of a version of the Atiyah--Singer theorem.

In the talk, I will review the definitions of topological K-theory, spin groups and spin manifolds, for the convenience of those who missed Jesse's talk in the fall.

Date: Thursday, January 27, 2011
Time: 5:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Austin Ford
Contact email: aford@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-467-1658
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