Research Seminar "Smooth Structures on Manifolds"
- Students will gain understanding of the gauge-theoretic instanton moduli spaces of 4-manifolds and of their application to constructing a new type of invariants of smooth structure on simply-connected compact toplogical manifolds. These are Donaldson polynomial invariants which are then used to finding a large number of different smooth structures on a given topological manifold.
- Students should be able to demonstrate understanding by giving a thirty minute presentation on one of the following topics: topological classification of simply connected compact manifolds by their intersection form, classification of principal SU(2)- and SO(3)-bundles over smooth compact manifolds via characteristic classes, general construction of instanton moduli spaces over smooth 4-manifolds
- Also students should perform explicit description of instanton moduli spaces of charge one on the 4-sphere, compactness results of Uhlenbeck on instanton moduli, construction of Donaldson polynomial invariants of smooth 4-manifolds, examples of their application to nondecomposability of smooth manifolds and to distinguishing smooth structures on a given manifod, Kobayashi-Hitchin correspondence between instanton moduli spaces and algebraic-geometric moduli spaces for complex algebraic surfaces.
- Smooth structures on topological manifolds
- Vector and principal bundles. Connections
- Curvature and characteristic classes
- The space of connections
- The Yang – Mills equations and the moduli space
- Compactness and gluing theorems
- Definite intersection forms.
- The Donaldson polynomial invariants
- The connected sum theorem
- The Kobayashi – Hitchin correspondence
- Smooth structures on complex algebraic surfaces
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.5 * Final exam + 0.3 * Homemade problem sheets + 0.2 * Midterm grade
- Akbulut, S. (2016). 4-Manifolds (Vol. First edition). Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1506249
- Robert E. Gompf, & András I. Stipsicz. (2015). 4-Manifolds and Kirby Calculus. [N.p.]: AMS. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=971013
- Robert Friedman, & John W. Morgan. (2017). Gauge Theory and the Topology of Four-Manifolds. [N.p.]: AMS. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1549640