It is well-known that a complete Riemannian manifold M which is locally isometric to a symmetric space is covered by a symmetric space. We will prove that a discrete version of this property (called local to global rigidity) holds for a large class of vertex-transitive graphs, including Cayley graphs of torsion-free lattices in simple Lie groups, and Cayley graph of torsion-free virtually nilpotent groups. By contrast, we will exhibit various examples of Cayley graphs of finitely presented groups (e.g. PGL(5, Z)) which fail to have this property, answering a question of Benjamini, Ellis, and Georgakopoulos. This is a joint work with Mikael de la Salle.

# Past Topology Seminar

We study symplectic invariants of the open symplectic manifolds X

obtained by plumbing cotangent bundles of spheres according to a

plumbing tree. We prove that certain models for the Fukaya category F(X)

of closed exact Lagrangians in X and the wrapped Fukaya category W(X)

are related by Koszul duality. As an application, we give explicit

computations of symplectic cohomology essentially for all trees. This is

joint work with Tolga Etg\"u.

Recent developments in 3-dimensional topological quantum field theory allow us to understand the vector spaces assigned to surfaces as spaces of string diagrams. In the Reshetikhin-Turaev model, these string diagrams live inside a handlebody bounding the surface, while in the Turaev-Viro model, they live on the surface itself. There is a "lifting map" from the former to the latter, which sheds new light on a number of constructions. Joint with Gerrit Goosen.

I will describe a “cubical flat torus theorem” for a group G acting properly and cocompactly on a CAT(0) cube complex.

This states that every “highest” free abelian subgroup of G acts properly and cocompactly on a convex subcomplex that is quasi-isometric to a Euclidean space.

I will describe some simple consequences, as well as the original motivation which was to prove the “bounded packing property” for cyclic subgroups of G.

This is joint work with Daniel Woodhouse.

In the first part of this talk, we will give a very gentle introduction to the Ising model. Then , we will explain a very simple proof of a combinatorial formula for the 2D Ising model partition function using the language of Kac-Ward matrices. This approach can be used for general weighted graphs embedded in surfaces, and extends to the study of several other observables. This is a joint work with Dima Chelkak and Adrien Kassel.

One way of understanding groups is by investigating their actions on special spaces, such as Hilbert and Banach spaces, non-positively curved spaces etc. Classical properties like Kazhdan property (T) and the Haagerup property are formulated in terms of such actions and turn out to be relevant in a wide range of areas, from the conjectures of Baum-Connes and Novikov to constructions of expanders. In this talk I shall overview various generalisations of property (T) and Haagerup to Banach spaces, especially in connection with classes of groups acting on non-positively curved spaces.

If you do not know quasicircles, you will understand what they are.

If you hate quasicircles, you will change your mind.

If you already love quasicircles, they will astonish you once more.

We give a classification of open Klein topological conformal field theories in terms of Calabi-Yau $A_\infty$-categories endowed with an involution. Given an open Klein topological conformal field theory, there is a universal open-closed extension whose closed part is the involutive version of the Hochschild chains associated to the open part.

p, li { white-space: pre-wrap; Let G be a locally compact Hausdorff topological group. Examples are Lie groups, p-adic groups, adelic groups, and discrete groups. The BC (Baum-Connes) conjecture proposes an answer to the problem of calculating the K-theory of the convolution C* algebra of G. Validity of the conjecture has implications in several different areas of mathematics --- e.g. Novikov conjecture, Gromov-Lawson-Rosenberg conjecture, Dirac exhaustion of the discrete series, Kadison-Kaplansky conjecture. An expander is a sequence of finite graphs which is efficiently connected. Any discrete group which contains an expander as a sub-graph of its Cayley graph is a counter-example to the BC conjecture with coefficients. Such discrete groups have been constructed by Gromov-Arjantseva-Delzant and by Damian Osajda. This talk will indicate how to make a correction in BC with coefficients. There are no known counter-examples to the corrected conjecture, and all previously known confirming examples remain confirming examples.