Sullivan introduced the idea of localizing and completing spaces at primes, which led to important advances in topology and homotopy theory. For example, it allowed natural actions of the Galois groups on objects associated to manifolds to be studied in relation with periodicity theorems. One concrete result of this theory is the proof of the Adams conjecture using etale homotopy. We will follow Sullivan's notes [S2] in this seminar. Aside from some algebraic topology which we will spend some time reviewing, these notes build this theory essentially from scratch.

- Organizer: Caleb Ji
- When: Monday 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Where: Math 622
- References:

**[S1]**Dennis Sullivan, Genetics of Homotopy Theory and the Adams Conjecture

**[S2]**Dennis Sullivan, Geometric Topology: Localization, Periodicity, and Galois Symmetry

- Additional notes from the seminar will be compiled here.

- Jan 30
- Caleb Ji
**Organizational meeting, Algebraic constructions**

We will explain the plan for this seminar and begin Chapter 1 of [S2]. We will spend some extra time reviewing sme topological background, including equivariant cohomology and K-theory.- Feb 6
- Caleb Ji
**Homotopy theoretical localization**

We will define localization of topological spaces and construct it. Then we will give several examples. This follows Chapter 2 of [S2].- Feb 13
- Caleb Ji
**Homotopy theoretical completion I**

We will define completion of topological spaces in the homotopy category as a functor and show it is representable in many cases using Brown representability. We will then give some examples and compute some of the homotopy groups and cohomology groups of the completion. This follows Section 3 of [S1].- Feb 20
- Caleb Ji
**Homotopy theoretical completion II**

We will begin by defining good homotopy groups and continue the calculation of the homotopy groups of the completion. Then we will define l-finite and formal completion. This will allow us the describe the genetics of a homotopy type, which essentially allows us to reconstruct it from its rational and p-adic pieces. This follows Section 3 of [S1].- Feb 27
- Caleb Ji
**Etale homotopy I**

We will construct the etale homotopy type of a scheme, which is a pro-homotopy type which recovers etale cohomology. We will also discuss some variants involving rigidification and completion which refine the etale homotopy type.- Mar 6
- No meeting due to the AWS
- Mar 13
- Spring break
- Mar 20
- Kevin Chang
**Etale homotopy theory of classifying spaces and finite Chevalley groups**

We will cover the computation of the cohomology of GL_n(F_q), U_n(F_q), SO_n(F_q), and more. The key ingredients are the comparison theorem for classifying spaces and the cohomological Lang fiber square, which relates the classifying spaces of finite Chevalley groups to the classifying spaces of the corresponding groups over F_q bar.- Mar 27
- Caleb Ji
**The Adams conjecture I**

We will introduce spherical fibrations and Adams operations in order to state the Adams conjecture. Then we will give an application to computing the image of the J-homomorphism.- Apr 3
- Caleb Ji
**The Adams conjecture II**

We will outline Sullivan's proof of the Adams conjecture. A key ingredient is the action of the absolute Galois group on etale homotopy types.- Apr 10
- Caleb Ji
**The Beilinson conjectures I**

We will review some basic material on zeta functions and give an introduction to Deligne cohomology. This leads to the definition of higher regulators, which can be used to state Beilinson's conjectures.- Apr 17
- Caleb Ji
**The Beilinson conjectures II**

We will introduce the absolute cohomology groups of Beilinson, which are defined using algebraic K-theory. These give rise to Chern class maps into Deligne cohomology, which allow us to state Beilinson's conjectures.- Apr 24
- Caleb Ji
**Etale Steenrod operations and the Artin-Tate pairing I**

The Artin-Tate pairing is a pairing on the torsion of the Brauer group of a surface, which Tate conjectured to be alternating. We will begin an exposition of Tony Feng's proof of this conjecture in this talk. We will explain the background to this problem and construct Steenrod squares and Bockstein operations in etale cohomology which will be used in the proof.- May 1
- Caleb Ji
**Etale Steenrod operations and the Artin-Tate pairing II**

We begin by describing Stiefel-Whitney classes in \'etale cohomology. Then we prove a Wu theorem in \'etale cohomology, which makes use of relative \'etale homotopy theory. This allows us to show that the obstruction for the Artin-Tate pairing to being alternating vanishes, completing Feng's proof of Tate's conjecture.