This week, Thursday at 10:00, U. Haifa Topology & Geometry seminar on January 2, 2020

Geometry & Topology Seminar

Speaker:  Liat Kessler (Oranim Academic College)

Topic:  Equivariant cohomology does not distinguish Hamiltonian S^1-manifolds

Place:  Room 614 in the Science & Education Building

Time:   10:00

Date:  Thursday, January 2,  2020



For Hamiltonian circle actions on 4-manifolds, we give an example of an isomorphism of equivariant cohomology modules that cannot be induced by an equivariant diffeomorphism of spaces. This is in contrast to Masuda’s result establishing that in the toric case, the equivariant cohomology module determines the manifold. We also give a soft proof that there are finitely many maximal Hamiltonian circle actions on a fixed closed symplectic 4-manifold.

We achieve these results by giving a generators and relations description in terms of the decorated graph for the even part of the equivariant cohomology as a module over the equivariant cohomology of a point. We then give an explicit combinatorial description of all weak algebra isomorphisms.