Topology Seminar

Title: Detecting exotic smooth structures in diffeomorphism groups
Speaker: Manuel Krannich
Speaker Info: University of Copenhagen
Brief Description:
Special Note: **Special day and time**

The well-studied inertia group of a closed manifold M captures the behavior of the diffeomorphism type of M when changing the smooth structure of M on a codimension zero disc, that is, when taking the connected sum M#S with an exotic sphere S. Instead of comparing their diffeomorphism types, one might try to compare the group of diffeomorphisms of M and M#S. However, the space of diffeomorphisms Diff(M) naturally decomposes as a twisted product whose factors are, up to homotopy, insensitive to replacing M with M#S. This suggests that it is hard to detect the possible exotic nature of M#S by means of homotopical properties of its group of diffeomorphisms. Using recent progress in manifold theory by Galatius and Randal-Williams, together with computations in stable homotopy theory, I will discuss results on the behavior of the cohomology of BDiff(M) when replacing M with M#S.
Date: Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Time: 3:00pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Prof. John Francis
Contact email: jnkf@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5544
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