Topology Seminar

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2 November 2020
15:45
Abstract

The main result is the existence of smooth, properly embedded 3-discs in S¹ × D³ that are not smoothly isotopic to {1} × D³. We describe a 2-variable Laurent polynomial invariant of 3-discs in S¹ × D³. This allows us to show that, when taken up to isotopy, such 3-discs form an abelian group of infinite rank. Joint work with David Gabai.

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9 November 2020
15:45
Abstract

Triangle presentations are combinatorial structures on finite projective geometries which characterize groups acting simply transitively on the vertices of locally finite affine A_n buildings. From this data, we will show how to construct new fiber functors on the category of tilting modules for SL(n+1) in characteristic p (related to order of the projective geometry) using the web calculus of Cautis, Kamnitzer, Morrison and Brundan, Entova-Aizenbud, Etingof, Ostrik.

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16 November 2020
15:45
Abstract

We study a group theoretic analog of Dehn fillings of 3-manifolds and derive a spectral sequence to compute the cohomology of Dehn fillings of hyperbolically embedded subgroups. As applications, we generalize the results of Dahmani-Guirardel-Osin and Hull on SQ-universality and common quotients of acylindrically hyperbolic groups by adding cohomological finiteness conditions. This is a joint work with Nansen Petrosyan.

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30 November 2020
15:45
Kasia Jankiewicz
Abstract

Artin groups are a family of groups generalizing braid groups. The Tits conjecture, which was proved by Crisp-Paris, states that squares of the standard generators generate an obvious right-angled Artin subgroup. In a joint work with Kevin Schreve, we consider a larger collection of elements, and conjecture that their sufficiently large powers generate an obvious right-angled Artin subgroup. In the case of the braid group, regarded as a mapping class group of a punctured disc, these elements correspond to Dehn twist around the loops enclosing multiple consecutive punctures. This alleged right-angled Artin group is in some sense as large as possible; its nerve is homeomorphic to the nerve of the ambient Artin group. We verify this conjecture for some classes of Artin groups. We use our results to conclude that certain Artin groups contain hyperbolic surface subgroups, answering questions of Gordon, Long and Reid.

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