We consider the problem of extending a representation of the fundamental group of 3-manifolds from part of the boundary surfaces. Applications to links will be discussed. Combining this with some cohomology classes of Atiyah and Bott leads to new multivariable polynomial invariants of 3-manifolds with boundary. This is joint work with Edward Miller. No background in 3-dimensional topology will be assumed in this survey and research talk.
Wed, 23/01/2019 - 13:00 to 14:00
Room 70, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel