Geometry and Topology Seminar: Rational homology spheres and SL(2,C) representations

Speaker: Sudipta Ghosh, University of Notre Dame

Abstract: Building on non-vanishing theorems of Kronheimer and Mrowka in instanton Floer homology, Zentner proved that if Y is a homology 3-sphere other than S^3, then its fundamental group admits a homomorphism to SL(2,C) with non-abelian image. In this talk, I will discuss how to generalize this to any Y whose first homology is 2-torsion or 3-torsion, other than #^n RP^3 for any n or lens spaces of order 3. This is joint work with Steven Sivek and Raphael Zentner.

Host: Aliakbar Daemi