The Torelli Lie algebra

Date: 2022-01-25

Time: 14:15 - 16:00


Oscar Randal-Williams


The Mal’cev Lie algebra associated to the Torelli group of a surface was completely determined by Hain (1993), who gave an explicit presentation which is quadratic if the genus is at least 4. I will explain some work, joint with A. Kupers, which exploits the formal similarity between surfaces and certain higher-dimensional manifolds to prove some new results about this Lie algebra: it is stably Koszul, and the geometric Johnson homomorphism is (nearly) stably injective.