Topology Seminar: Craig Westerland

  • Date: 10/04/2017
  • Time: 15:15
Craig Westerland, University of Minnesota

University of British Columbia


Homology of braid groups via quantum shuffle algebras


I will explain some new techniques for computing the homology of braid groups with coefficients in a certain class of exponential representations that arise in a natural way from braided monoidal categories. Surprisingly (at least to me), these techniques are related to fundamental objects — Nichols algebras — in the theory of quantum groups and the classification theory of Hopf algebras. These techniques can be used to establish part of a function field analogue of Malle’s conjecture on the distribution of Galois groups. I will not discuss this application much in the topology seminar, but will focus on it in the colloquium. This is joint work with Jordan Ellenberg and TriThang Tran.

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ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)