Global Homotopy Theory and Orbifolds (Fall 2019)

We will be running a seminar on orbifolds and global homotopy theory, starting from "what is an orbifold?" and "what is equivariant homotopy theory?", in hopes of eventually finding the connections between the two topics.

We will meet on Mondays 4-5PM and Tuesdays 1130AM-1230PM in room 622.

The sourcecode was shamlessly copied from the Gauge theory learning seminar .



(a) Equivariant Homotopy Theory by J.P.C Greenless and J.P. May

(b) Orbifolds and Stringy Topology by Alejandro Adem, Johann Leida, Yongbin ruan

(c)  Global Homotopy theory by Stefan Schwede

(d)  Orbifolds as Groupoids: an Inroduction by Ieke Moerdijk

(e)  Equivariant Stable Homotopy theory Lecture notes from a course taught by Andrew Bulmberg

(d)  Talbot Notes See also refrences within.


Date & Time




October 7th, 3 PM Andrew Blumberg What is the point of equivariant stable homotopy theory?  
October 7th, 4 PM John Morgan Introduction to Orbifolds (b) ch 1.
October 8th, 11:30 AM Semon Rezchikov Orbifolds in Floer Homology  
October 14th, 4 PM John Morgan Introduction to Orbifolds - continued  
October 15th, 11:30 AM Davis Lazowski Unstable equivariant homotopy theory  



October 7th

Andrew Blumberg, what is the point of equivariant stable homotopy theory?

Equivariant stable homotopy theory is the study of (co)homology theories for spaces with an action of a compact Lie group. These theories can be organized into a category, the equivariant stable category. Unfortunately, the equivariant stable category is remarkably complicated. This talk will try to give a gentle introduction that explains why the level of complexity that arises is an unavoidable consequence of elementary desiderata and what problems the technology helps you solve.

John Morgan, an Introduction to Orbifolds

The definition in terms of coordinate charts; the groupoid definition. Isomorphism of orbifolds. The local group at a point. The fundamental group and covering orbifolds; Sheaves on orbifolds, the sheaf of smooth functions, the tangent sheaf, the sheaf of differential forms. Smooth maps of orbifolds.

October 8th

Semon Rezchikov, Orbifolds in Floer theory

I will give a basic introduction to the Kuranishi theory approach to moduli spaces, which underlies Gromov-Witten theory, Donaldson invariants, the Floer homology theories, and much more. I will focus on describing the basic geometric structures that moduli spaces acquire from this approach, and will try to explain the appeal of orbifold cohomology theories to Floer theorists, without going into the formidable technical difficulties involved in the existing theories of virtual fundamental cycles. Some comparison to the algebraic geometry literature will be provided.

October 14th

John Morgan, Intorduction to Orbifolds-continued

October 15th

David Lazowski, Unstable equivariant homotopy theory

We'll introduce the basics of unstable equivariant homotopy theory, such as G-CW complexes, representation spheres and Bredon cohomology.