MATH Seminar: “Group Actions on Homology 3-Spheres,” Ian Hambleton (McMaster University), SA-141, 1:40PM October 21 (EN)

Dear Colleagues and Students,

You are cordially invited to the Topology Seminar organized by the Department of Mathematics.

Speaker: Ian Hambleton (McMaster University)

“Group actions on homology 3-spheres”

Abstract: I will discuss finite group actions on integral or rational homology 3-spheres. The main examples for this talk are the Brieskorn integral homology 3-spheres $M(p,q,r)$ arising from isolated singularities, which bound smooth 4-manifolds with definite intersection forms. In addition, there are special infinite families of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres which can be realized as boundaries of smooth contractible 4-manifolds. We ask whether the periodic actions on Brieskorn spheres extend to smooth actions with isolated fixed points on one of these associated 4-manifolds. This is joint work with Nima Anvari.

Date: October 21, 2019
Time: 13:40
Place: Mathematics Seminar Room, SA – 141