- 9/7/2023: Homotopy Associative Submanifolds in G2-manifolds
- 9/11/2022: Some examples of extra twisted connected sum G_2-manifolds
- 4/11/2019: Distinguishing G2-manifolds
- 9/13/2018: Extra twisted connected sums and their v -invariants
- 9/12/2017: The extended v -invariant — progress and problems
- 6/07/2017: Disconnecting the G2 moduli space
- 9/6/2016: Connected components of the moduli space of G2 manifolds
September 7, 2023
TITLE: Homotopy Associative Submanifolds in G2-manifolds
ABSTRACT: Associative submanifolds are certain calibrated submanifolds in G2-manifolds. There is the hope that counting them will reveal subtle information about the underlying G2-structure. On the other hand, certain singular associatives can be resolved in exactly three different ways, so a naive count will be meaningless. In this talk, we will define homotopy associatives as cobordism classes of three-dimensional submanifolds that are adapted to the G2-structure in a rather weak sense. We will see that a given cobordism class can be interpreted as a homotopy associative in exactly three different ways. This might help us to define a consistent counting scheme even when the naive number of associatives in a given cobordism class changes due to singularities.
September 11, 2022
TITLE: Some examples of extra twisted connected sum G_2-manifolds
ABSTRACT: The twisted connected sum construction is one of a few known ways to produce compact G_2-manifolds. Extra twisted connected sums form a slight generalisation. They have been used to show that the moduli space of G_2-metrics on a given 7-manifold can be disconnected, even if one fixes a connected component of the space of topological G_2-structures. In this talk, I want to present some more details of the construction. In particular, I want to present quotients and coverings of extra twisted connected sums, as well as a kind of t-duality.
April 11, 2019
TITLE: Distinguishing G2-manifolds
ABSTRACT: There are several invariants from differential topology that
distinguish smooth 7-manifolds and G2-structures on them. I will give a
short introduction, then focus on the nu invariant and its analytic
September 13, 2018
TITLE: Extra twisted connected sums and their v -invariants
ABSTRACT: Joyce’s orbifold construction and the twisted connected sums by Kovalev and Corti-Haskins-Nordström-Pacini provide many examples of compact Riemannian 7-manifolds with holonomy (i.e., -manifolds). We would like to use this wealth of examples to guess further properties of -manifolds and to find obstructions against holonomy , taking into account the underlying topological -structures.
The Crowley-Nordström v-invariant distinguishes topological -structures. It vanishes for all twisted connected sums. By adding an extra twist to this construction, we show that the v-invariant can assume all of its 48 possible values. This shows that -bordism presents no obstruction against holonomy . We also exhibit examples of 7-manifolds with disconnected -moduli space. Our computation of the v-invariants involves integration of the Bismut-Cheeger η-forms for families of tori, which can be done either by elementary hyperbolic geometry, or using modular properties of the Dedekind η-function.
September 12, 2017
TITLE: The extended v -invariant — progress and problems
ABSTRACT: We recall the definition of the extended -invariant, which distinguishes connected components of the moduli space of compact Riemannian manifolds whose holonomy group is (-manifolds for short). All known computations of for -manifolds give values that are divisible by three. This implies that all these examples are topologically -nullbordant. It is therefore interesting to know if for all -manifolds. We will report on results and projects related to this question.
June 7, 2017
TITLE: Disconnecting the G2 moduli space
September 6, 2016
TITLE: Connected components of the moduli space of G2 manifolds
ABSTRACT: The Crowley-Nordström ()-invariant distinguishes topological structures on 7-manifolds. It takes values in () /48. There is a ()-valued extension for manifolds of holonomy . We will introduce both invariants and show how they can be computed for extra twisted connected sums using ()-invariants of Dirac operators. This allows us to exhibit examples of 7-manifolds where the space of -holonomy metrics is disconnected.
We will then talk about some related open questions and problems and sketch possible next steps in our research program.