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Surfaces in 4-manifolds

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Arunima Ray
Wed, 2021-07-07 13:30 - 14:30
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Extra talk

(50 min. lecture + 10 min. discussions)
Meeting ID: 948 2007 3846
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Many curious phenomena for 4-manifolds have their roots in the fact that certain topologically embedded surfaces cannot be smoothed. For example, there exists a topological 4-manifold with intersection form E8, but no such 4-manifold. I will explain why embedding surfaces is a central problem in dimension four, leading up to the groundbreak work of Freedman and Quinn. I will describe recent advances in finding embedded surfaces in 4-manifolds and focus on a collaborative project aiming to make the work of Freedman and Quinn more accessible.

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