Topology Seminar

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Past events in this series
30 April 2018
Paolo Ghiggini

I will prove that the knot Floer homology group
HFK-hat(K, g-1) for a genus g fibered knot K is isomorphic to a
variant of the fixed points Floer homology of an area-preserving
representative of its monodromy. This is a joint work with Gilberto

7 May 2018
Benjamin J. Barrett

When studying a group, it is natural and often useful to try to cut it up 
onto simpler pieces. Sometimes this can be done in an entirely canonical 
way analogous to the JSJ decomposition of a 3-manifold, in which the 
collection of tori along which the manifold is cut is unique up to isotopy. 
It is a theorem of Brian Bowditch that if the group acts nicely on a metric 
space with a negative curvature property then a canonical decomposition can 
be read directly from the large-scale geometry of that space. In this talk 
we shall explore an algorithmic consequence of this relationship between 
the large-scale geometry of the group and is algebraic decomposition.

14 May 2018
Georges Skandalis

My talk is based on joint work with Claire Debord (Univ. Auvergne).
We will explain why Lie groupoids are very naturally linked to Atiyah-Singer index theory.
In our approach -originating from ideas of Connes, various examples of Lie groupoids
- allow to generalize index problems,
- can be used to construct the index of pseudodifferential operators without using the pseudodifferential calculus,
- give rise to proofs of index theorems, 
- can be used to construct the pseudodifferential calculus.

21 May 2018
Masato Mimura

The problem of "unbounded rank expanders" asks 
whether we can endow a system of generators with a sequence of 
special linear groups whose degrees tend to infinity over quotient rings 
of Z such that the resulting Cayley graphs form an expander family.
Kassabov answered this question in the affirmative. Furthermore, the 
completely satisfactory solution to this question was given by 
Ershov and Jaikin--Zapirain (Invent. Math., 2010);  they proved
Kazhdan's property (T) for elementary groups over non-commutative 
rings. (T) is equivalent to the fixed point property with respect to 
actions on Hilbert spaces by isometries.

We provide a new framework to "upgrade" relative fixed point 
properties for small subgroups to the fixed point property for the 
whole group. It is inspired by work of Shalom (ICM, 2006). Our 
main criterion is stated only in terms of intrinsic group structure 
(but *without* employing any form of bounded generation). 
This, in particular, supplies a simpler (but not quantitative) 
alternative proof of the aforementioned result of Ershov and 

If time permits, we will discuss other applications of our result.

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