Joint Harvard-CUHK-YMSC Differential Geometry Seminar: A knot Floer stable homotopy type


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February 15, 2022 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
via Zoom Video Conferencing

Professor Ciprian Manolescu - Stanford University

Given a grid diagram for a knot or link K in the three-sphere, we construct a spectrum whose homology is the knot Floer homology of K. We conjecture that the homotopy type of the spectrum is an invariant of K. Our construction does not use holomorphic geometry, but rather builds on the combinatorial definition of grid homology. We inductively define models for the moduli spaces of pseudo-holomorphic strips and disk bubbles, and patch them together into a framed flow category. The inductive step relies on the vanishing of an obstruction class that takes values in a complex of positive domains with partitions. (This is joint work with Sucharit Sarkar.)

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