Applications and Computations of Floer Homology Learning Seminar

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  • Time : Thursdays 12-1pm
  • Location : Mathematics 417
  • Organizers: Alex Xu

Monopole Floer and Heegard Floer homology are essential tools in low dimensional topology and have been crucial to many breakthroughs in the last 20 years. However, this machinery is rather complex and in practice many computations will use formal properties, such as surgery exact sequences, homology pairing formulas, or formal dimension computations. The goal of the seminar is not to prove these results, but rather to use these formal properties as a black box to do concrete computations and applications of Floer homology.

The format is that every week someone presents a paper/preprint on some explicit computation or an application of Floer homology. Following is a tentative list of topics; of course participants are free to present anything on applications of Floer homology (broadly understood).

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Seminar Schedule

Week/Date Speaker Title Abstract
2/16 Alex Xu Intro to Heegard Floer homology Heegard Floer homology and knot Floer homology are powerful tools in low dimensional topology. In the first part of this talk we focus on constructing the Floer chain complex and doing computations in simple cases. References: OS, H, M
2/23 Alex Xu Intro to Heegard Floer homology pt.2 This week we continue with some example computations of Heegard Floer homology. We will also define and discuss the related knot Floer homology. References: Same as last week
3/2 Alex Xu Knot Floer Homology Knot Floer homology is a powerful tool that categorifies the Alexander polynomial. This week we will write down the knot Floer complex and do some example computations. If time permits, we will also discuss algorithmic approaches to computations.
3/9 Sebastian Haney Cobordism maps in Heegard Floer homology We will discuss the construction of cobordism maps on Heegaard Floer homology, and explain how they give rise to absolute Q-gradings. If time permits, we will also introduce the correction term from Heegaard Floer homology.
3/16 Spring break    
3/23 Seminar paused    
3/30 Seminar paused