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Lisa Piccirillo: The trace embedding lemma & PL surfaces (RLGTS, 23 June 2020)

Lukas Lewark
Lisa Piccirillo: The trace embedding lemma & PL surfaces (RLGTS, 23 June 2020)

Abstract:

4-manifold topologists have long been interested in understanding smooth (resp. topological) embedded surfaces in smooth (resp. topological) 4-manifolds, and as such have developed rich suites of tools for obstructing the existence of smooth (resp. topological) surfaces. Understanding PL surfaces in smooth 4-manifolds has historically garnered less interest, but several problems about PL surfaces have recently arisen in modern lines of questioning. Presently there are far fewer tools available to obstruct PL surfaces. In this talk, I’ll discuss how to use a classical observation, called the trace embedding lemma, to repurpose smooth surface obstructions as PL surface obstructions. I’ll discuss applications of these retooled obstructions to problems about spinelessness, exotica, and geometrically simply connectedness. This is joint work with Kyle Hayden

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