Link homology and Floer homology in pictures by cobordisms

Geometry/topology Seminar

Adam Saltz (University of Georgia)

Monday, March 26, 2018 -
3:15pm to 4:15pm
Location: 
119 Physics

There are no fewer than eight link homology theories which admit spectral sequences from Khovanov homology. These theories have very different origins -- representation theory, gauge theory, symplectic topology -- so it's natural to ask for some kind of unifying theory. I will attempt to describe this theory using Bar-Natan's pictorial formulation of link homology. This strengthens a result of Baldwin, Hedden, and Lobb and proves new functoriality results for several link homology theories. I won't assume much specific knowledge of these link homology theories, and the bulk of the talk will be accessible to graduate students!

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