Geometry, Topology and Dynamics Seminar

Sam Nariman
Northwestern University
Friedlander-Milnor's problem for diffeomorphism groups
Abstract: Let G be a finite dimensional Lie group and G^delta be the same group with discrete topology. The natural homomorphism from G^delta to G induces a continuous map from BG^delta to BG. Milnor conjectured that this map induces a p-adic equivalence. In this talk, we discuss the same map for infinite dimensional Lie groups, in particular for diffeomorphism groups and symplectomorphisms. In these cases, we show that the map from BG^delta to BG induces split surjection on cohomology with finite coefficients in "the stable range". If time permits, I will discuss applications of these results in foliation theory, in particular flat surface bundles.
Monday March 27, 2017 at 3:00 PM in SEO 636
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