Tuesday, March 29, 2022 4:00 PM
Lisa Piccirillo (MIT)

In this talk I will discuss work in progress in which we classify topological 4-manifolds with boundary and fundamental group Z, under some mild assumptions on the boundary. We apply this classification to provide an algebraic classification of surfaces in simply-connected 4-manifolds with S^3 boundary, where the fundamental group on the surface complement is Z. We also compare these homeomorphism classifications with the smooth setting, showing for example that every Hermitian form over Z[t^{\pm 1}] arises as the equivariant intersection form of a pair of exotic smooth 4-manifolds with boundary and fundamental group Z. This work is joint with Anthony Conway and Mark Powell. 

Note that the location of this seminar is different than usual.