This talk will be an introduction to L^2 homology, which is roughly "square-summable" homology. We begin by defining the L^2 homology of a G-CW complex (a CW complex with a cellular G-action), and we will discuss some applications of these invariants to group theory and topology. We will then focus on a criterion of Wise, which proves the vanishing of the 2nd L^2 Betti number in combinatorial CW-complexes with elementary methods. If time permits, we will also introduce Wise's energy criterion.
- Junior Topology and Group Theory Seminar