Topology Seminar

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Past events in this series
25 November 2019
Ivan Smith

The homological monodromy of the universal family of cubic threefolds defines a representation of a certain Artin-type group into the symplectic group Sp(10;\Z). We use Thurston’s classification of surface automorphisms to prove this does not factor through the genus five mapping class group.  This gives a geometric group theory perspective on the well-known irrationality of cubic threefolds, as established by Clemens and Griffiths.

2 December 2019

We construct a cellular decomposition of the
Axelrod-Singer-Fulton-MacPherson compactification of the configuration
spaces in the plane, that is compatible with the operad composition.
Cells are indexed by trees with bi-coloured edges, and vertices are labelled by 
cells of the cacti operad. This answers positively a conjecture stated in 
2000 by Kontsevich and Soibelman.

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