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Deformation Theory Seminar

Wednesday, September 28, 2022 - 1:45pm

Sam Smith

St Joe's U, Philadelphia


University of Pennsylvania

4E19 and zoom

Note time change

We show that a Gottlieb element in the rational homotopy of a simply connected space X induces a basis change for the  Sullivan minimal model of X with structuring results depending on parity.  We apply these results to give some progress on three open problems in rational homotopy.  We complete an argument of Dupont to prove that an even-degree Gottlieb element in the rational homotopy of a formal space corresponds to a free factor in cohomology.  We  prove a special case of the 2N-conjecture  concerning the location of odd-degree Gottlieb elements in a hyperbolic space.  Finally, we combine our results to address the realization problem for  classifying spaces Baut(X) giving constraints on a hypothetical space X such that  Baut(X) is rationally an even-dimensional sphere of low degree.  This is joint work with Greg Lupton.