T&G: Sylvain Cappell (NYU), Atiyah-Bott classes and extending representations of fundamental groups of 3-manifolds from part of the boundary

Wed, 23/01/201913:00-14:00
Room 70, Ross Building, Jerusalem, Israel
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.