Past Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

22 June 2011
16:00
Abstract
In euclidean space there is a well-known parallelogram law relating the length of vectors a, b, a+b and a-b. In the talk I give a similar formula for translation lengths of isometries of CAT(0)-spaces. Given an action of the automorphism group of a free product on a CAT(0)-space, I show that certain elements can only act by zero translation length. In comparison to other well-known actions this leads to restrictions about homomorphisms of these groups to other groups, e.g. mapping class groups.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
25 May 2011
16:00
Maria Buzano
Abstract
First of all, we are going to recall some basic facts and definitions about homogeneous Riemannian manifolds. Then we are going to talk about existence and non-existence of invariant Einstein metrics on compact homogeneous manifolds. In this context, we have that it is possible to associate to every homogeneous space a graph. Then, the graph theorem of Bohm, Wang and Ziller gives an existence result of invariant Einstein metrics on a compact homogeneous space, based on properties of its graph. We are going to discuss this theorem and sketch its proof.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
18 May 2011
16:00
Abstract
<p>We begin by showing the underlying ideas Bourgain used to prove that the Cayley graph of the free group of finite rank can be embedded into a Hilbert space with logarithmic distortion. Equipped with these ideas we then tackle the same problem for other metric spaces. Time permitting these will be: amalgamated products and HNN extensions over finite groups, uniformly discrete hyperbolic spaces with bounded geometry and Cayley graphs of cyclic extensions of small cancellation groups.</p>
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar
4 May 2011
16:00
Moritz Rodenhausen
Abstract
A factorability structure on a group G is a specification of normal forms of group elements as words over a fixed generating set. There is a chain complex computing the (co)homology of G. In contrast to the well-known bar resolution, there are much less generators in each dimension of the chain complex. Although it is often difficult to understand the differential, there are examples where the differential is particularly simple, allowing computations by hand. This leads to the cohomology ring of hv-groups, which I define at the end of the talk in terms of so called "horizontal" and "vertical" generators.
  • Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar

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