UBC Topology Seminar: Jesse Wolfson

  • Date: 11/08/2017
  • Time: 15:15
Jesse Wolfson, University of California Irvine

University of British Columbia


Coincidences of homological densities, predicted by arithmetic


Basic questions in analytic number theory concern the density of one set in another (e.g. square-free integers in all integers). Motivated by Weil's number field/function field dictionary, we introduce a topological analogue measuring the “homological density” of one space in another. In arithmetic, Euler products can be used to show that many seemingly different densities coincide in the limit. By combining methods from manifold topology and algebraic combinatorics, we discover analogous coincidences for limiting homological densities arising from spaces of 0-cycles (e.g. configuration spaces of points) on smooth manifolds and complex varieties. We do not yet understand why these topological coincidences occur. This is joint work with Benson Farb and Melanie Wood.

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Location: ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)