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February 18, 2021

Geometry & Topology Seminar - Anibal Medina-Mardones (Math)

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
11:30 am
Virtual via Zoom

Speaker: Anibal Medina-Mardones (MPI Bonn)

Title: Chain level Steenrod operations


Steenrod defined in 1947 the Steenrod squares on the mod 2 cohomology of spaces using explicit cochain formulae for the cup-i products; a family of coherent homotopies derived from the broken symmetry of Alexander-Whitney's chain approximation to the diagonal. Later, following a viewpoint developed by Adem, Steenrod defined his homonymous operations for all primes using the homology of symmetric groups. This viewpoint enhanced the conceptual understanding of the operations and allowed for many advances, but lacked the concreteness of their definition at 2. In recent years, thanks to the development of new applications of cohomology -- most notably in Applied Topology and Quantum Field Theory -- having a definition of Steenrod operations that can be effectively computed in specific examples has become a key issue. In this talk, I will review Steenrod's definition of the operations and describe an effective construction of them at every prime.

Chris Kapulkin

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