Trimester Seminar

Venue: HIM lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Allee 45, Bonn
Organizers: Guillermo Cortiñas, Hélène Esnault, Christian Haesemeyer, Holger Reich, Jonathan Rosenberg

Tuesday, May 9

15:00 - 16:00 Welcome Meeting

Abstract: Welcome meeting with the participants and organizers of the Trimester Program.

Wednesday, May 24

14:00 Organizing Meeting

Abstract: This is an organizing meeting for the trimester seminar. There is also the opportunity to suggest and discuss informal working seminars and reading groups.

Wednesday, May 31

14:00 Manh Toan Nguyen: Equivariant motivic cohomology

Abstract: Motivic cohomology for smooth schemes over a field is now a well-established theory. This led to the solution to the Milnor-Bloch-Kato conjecture by Voevodsky and Rost. At present, the corresponding equivariant theory is developing and attracting many attentions.

In this talk, I will discuss about two constructions of motivic cohomology for algebraic varieties over a field equipped with an action of a finite group: one is given by Levine-Serpé in terms of equivariant cycles and the other, follows an idea of Grayson, is in terms of the K-theory of equivariant automorphisms. I will also explain how these objects relate to each other as well as to other interesting theories such as orbifold Chow ring and equivariant algebraic K-theory.

Wednesday, June 7

14:00 Vivek Sadhu: A relative version of Weibel's vanishing conjecture

Abstract: Weibel conjecture says that for a d-dimensional noetherian scheme X, Kn(X)=0 for n<-d and X is K-d-regular. Very recently, a complete solution of this conjecture has been given by Kerz-Strunk-Tamme (KST). In the first part of this talk, I will discuss the progress history of this conjecture and the technique of KST. In the second part, I will present a relative version of this conjecture.

Wednesday, July 5

14:00 Rufus Willett: Classification of C*-algebras and computing K-theory

Abstract: Over the past several years huge progress has been made in the program to classify simple C*-algebras by K-theoretic invariants (essentially, topological K-theory, plus the pairing with traces on the algebras) due to Elliott and others. The remaining steps needed to complete the program are K-theoretic, revolving around the so-called Universal Coefficient Theorem (UCT). I’ll survey what’s known here, including an example of Skandalis showing the UCT can fail for reduced group C*-algebras and connections to the so-called Baum-Connes conjecture, and what remains to be done. I’ll then outline a joint (large) project formulated by Nate Brown, Guoliang Yu, and myself to tackle some of the remaining questions. I’ll try not to assume any background in C*-algebra classification or Baum-Connes theory.

Wednesday, July 12

14:00 Lars Hesselholt: K-theory of division algebras over local fields

Abstract: This is a report on joint work with Michael Larsen and Ayelet Lindenstrauss. Let K be complete discrete valuation field with finite residue field of characteristic p > 0, and let D be a central division algebra of finite dimension d over K. We show that for every positive integer i, there exists an isomorphism of p-adic K-groups NrdD/K: Ki(D,ℤp) → Ki(K,ℤp) such that d NrdD/K = ND/K is the norm. The case where p does not divide d was proved thirty years ago by Suslin and Yufryakov, and the new ingredient that makes it possible now to prove the general case is the cyclotomic trace map.

Thursday, July 13

16:30 Alexander Berglund: A dg Lie algebra model for the block diffeomorphism group

Abstract: I will describe a differential graded Lie algebra model, in the sense of Quillen's rational homotopy theory, for the block diffeomorphism group of a simply connected manifold with boundary a sphere. The model yields computations of the rational homotopy groups and, in favorable situations, it can be used to compute the rational cohomology (in a stable range) in terms of certain graph complexes. This is joint work with Ib Madsen.

Tuesday, July 18

15:00 Thomas Nikolaus: On topological cyclic homology I

Abstract: We review the notion of topological cyclic homology and the recent progress made in joint work with P. Scholze. Our main result is a drastic simplification of the Definition. This also also to better understand the structural meaning. We will discuss some example and application and if time allows outline some future directions.

Wednesday, July 19

15:00 Alexander Varchenko: Elliptic dynamical quantum group Eτ,h(gl2) and elliptic equivariant cohomology of the cotangent bundles of Grassmannians

Abstract: The torus T equivariant elliptic cohomology defines a functor EllT: {T - spaces X} → {schemes}. For example, for the cotangent bundle of a Grassmannian the scheme EllT(T*Gr(k,n)) is some explicitly given sub-scheme of SkE × Sn-kE × En × E2 with coordinates t1, …, tk, s1, …, sn-k, z1, …, zn, h, λ, where ti, sj correspond to the Chern roots of the two standard vector bundles over the Grassmannian, z, y correspond to the torus parameters, λ is the dynamical parameter also called the Kähler parameter, and E is an elliptic curve.

I will define a class of line bundles on the scheme ∪k=0,…,n EllT(T*Gr(k,n)) such that the operator algebra of the elliptic dynamical quantum group Eτ,h(gl2) will act on sections of those line bundles (a generator of the operator algebra will send a section of such a line bundle to a section of possibly another line bundle). That construction is an analog of the Yangian Y(gl2) action on the direct sum ⊕k=0,…,n H*T(T*Gr(k,n)) of equivariant cohomology.

This is a joint work with G. Felder and R. Rimanyi.

Thursday, July 20

10:00 Cary Malkiewich: Periodic orbits and equivariant traces

Abstract: This informal talk is about an emerging connection between transfers on K-theory and THH on the one hand, and periodic orbits of continuous dynamical systems on the other. The centerpiece is a model for the Cn equivariant transfer map on THH, which we are calling the "n-th power trace". We began studying this construction in order to calculate transfers on algebraic K-theory. Happily, it turned out to be the key ingredient needed to resolve a question of Klein and Williams, which gives us an effective way to connect the theory of periodic points to the equivariant theory of fixed points. We suspect that the nth power trace will be useful for further questions that interpolate between geometric phenomena in dynamics and algebraic invariants in K-theory and THH. I will describe one such question that we plan to attack next. This is joint work with Kate Ponto.

Wednesday, July 26

16:30 Thomas Nikolaus: On topological cyclic homology II