A Steenrod-square-type operation for quantum cohomology and Floer theory

20 November 2018
Nicholas Wilkins

The (total) Steenrod square is a ring homomorphism from the cohomology of a topological space to the Z/2-equivariant cohomology of this space, with the trivial Z/2-action. Given a closed monotone symplectic manifold, one can define a deformed notion of the Steenrod square for quantum cohomology, which will not in general be a ring homomorphism, and prove some properties of this operation that are analogous to properties of the classical Steenrod square. We will then link this, in a more general setting, to a definition by Seidel of a similar operation on Floer cohomology.

  • Algebraic Geometry Seminar