Topology Seminar: Aliakbar Daemi

  • Date: 01/09/2019
  • Time: 14:45
Aliakbar Daemi, Columbia University

University of British Columbia


Exotic Structures on S^1 × S^3 and the Chern-Simons Functional


It is an open problem whether there exists an exotic smooth structure on S^1 × S^3. Motivated by this problem, Akbulut asked if there is a simply connected homology cobordism from a homology sphere with non-trivial Rochlin invariant to itself. The main progress toward this question was made by Taubes who used his celebrated technique of gauge theory on manifolds with periodic ends to give a negative answer to this question for various homology spheres including the Poincare homology sphere. In this talk, I will present a different technique which can be used to generalize Taubes' result in various directions. In particular, we address Akbulut's question for a family of Brieskorn homology spheres, which is not covered by Taubes' theorem.

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ESB 4133 (PIMS Lounge)