Topology Seminar

Title: Enumerating stably trivial topological vector bundles with higher real K-theories
Speaker: Morgan Opie
Speaker Info: UCLA
Brief Description:
Special Note:

The zeroeth complex topological K-theory of a space encodes complex vector bundles up to stabilization. Since complex topological K-theory is highly computable, this is a starting place when asking questions about topological vector bundles. However, there are generally many non-equivalent vector bundles with the same K-theory class. Bridging the gap between K-theory and actual bundle theory is challenging, even for the simplest CW complexes.

Building on work of Hu, we use Weiss-theoretic techniques and a little chromatic homotopy theory to translate vector bundle enumeration questions to tractable stable homotopy theory computations. Our main result is to compute lower bounds for the number of stably trivial rank complex rank r topological vector bundles on complex projective n-space, for infinitely many n and r. This is joint work with Hood Chatham and Yang Hu.

Date: Monday, April 29, 2024
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 104
Contact Person: Benjamin Antieau
Contact email: antieau@northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5544
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