Topology Seminar: Jon Beardsley

  • Date: 11/09/2016
  • Time: 15:15
Jon Beardsley, University of Washington 

University of British Columbia


Iterated Thom Spectra with Examples


Given a fiber sequence of n-fold loop spaces X-->Y-->Z, and morphism of n-fold loop spaces Y-->Pic(R) for R an E_{n+1}-ring spectrum, we describe a method of producing a new morphism of (n-1)-fold loop spaces Z-->Pic(MX), where MX is the Thom spectrum associated to the composition X-->Y-->Pic(R). This new morphism has associated Thom spectrum MY, but constructed directly as an MX-module. In particular this induces a relative Thom isomorphism for MY over MX: MY?_{MX} MY = MY?Z. We will see a rough description of this construction as well as many examples allowing us to find equivalent forms of relative smash products of spectra like MString, MSpin, HZ/2, X(n) and many others. We also describe a way to use this construction to identify certain obstructions to giving a complex orientation on an associative ring spectrum.

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Location: PIMS Lounge, ESB 4133