Geometry & Topology Seminar

Friday, September 25, 2020 2:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Michael Albanese, UQAM

"Almost Complex Structures on Rational Homology Spheres"

It is a well-known result that the only spheres which can admit almost complex structures occur in dimensions two and six. We show that if one instead considers rational homology spheres (manifolds with the same rational homology as a sphere), then the same conclusion holds: they can only admit almost complex structures in dimensions two and six. However, there are infinitely many six-dimensional rational homology spheres and not all of them admit almost complex structures. We will explain how to construct infinitely many examples which do admit almost complex structures and infinitely many which do not. This is joint work with Aleksandar Milivojevic.

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