Floer homotopy without spectra

Date: 2020-09-15

Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Zoom link: https://kva-se.zoom.us/j/9217561880

Mohammed Abouzaid

The construction of Cohen-Jones-Segal of Floer homotopy types associated to appropriately oriented flow categories extracts from the morphisms of such a category the data required to assemble an iterated extension of free modules (in an appropriate category of spectra). I will explain a direct (geometric) way for defining the Floer homotopy groups which completely bypasses stable homotopy theory. The key point is to work on the geometric topology side of the Pontryagin-Thom construction. Time permitting, I will also explain joint work in progress with Blumberg for building a spectrum from the new point of view, as well as various generalisations which are relevant to Floer theory.