Higher string topology

26 April 2010
David Ayala
The talk will begin with a brief account of the construction of string topology operations. I will point out some mysteries with the formulation of these operations, such as the role of (moduli) of surfaces, and pose some questions. The remainder of the talk will address these issues. In particular, I will sketch some ideas for a higher-dimensional version of string topology. For instance, (1) I will describe an E_{d+1} algebra structure on the (shifted) homology of the free mapping space H_*(Map(S^d,M^n)) and (2) I will outline how to obtain operations H_*(Map(P,M)) -> H_*(Map(Q,M)) indexes by a moduli space of zero-surgery data on a smooth d-manifold P with resulting surgered manifold Q.