Departmental Colloquia Autumn 2013

All colloquia (unless otherwise stated) will take place on Tuesdays at 4.00pm in Room 500 which is located on the 5th floor of the Mathematics Department. See How to Find Us for further details. There will be tea afterwards in Maths Room 502. If you require any more information on the Departmental Colloquia please contact Prof Dima Vassiliev e-mail: d.vassiliev AT ucl.ac.uk or tel: 020-7679-2442.

15 October 2013

Please note: This talk will start at 4:30pm.
Richard Melrose - MIT

Title: Loops, Spin and String structures

I will discuss some aspects of the differential geometry and topology of the loop space of a manifold. In particular I will review work of Stolz and Teichner, Waldorf and Redden and joint work with Chris Kottke showing that the existence of appropriately smooth and equivariant loop-Spin structures is equivalent to the existence of corresponding String structures on the manifold.