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Learning Seminar in Algebraic Combinatorics

Date:  Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Location:  4096 East Hall (2:30 PM to 4:00 PM)

Title:  Grid Homology

Abstract:   Knot Floer homology is a knot invariant that is defined using Heegaard diagrams to represent a knot inside a three-manifold and a version of Lagrangian Floer homology which counts so-called pseudo-holomorphic Whitney disks. A powerful invariant, knot Floer homology detects the genus and fiberedness of a knot, recovers the Alexander polynomial, and provides lower bounds on the unknotting number and four-ball genus of a knot.

Grid diagrams, which are combinatorial representations of a knot in the three-sphere, make it possible to define and prove the invariance of knot Floer homology without any analysis. I will discuss the construction of grid homology and give some examples.


Speaker:  Linh Truong
Institution:  University of Michigan

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