Simplicial volume and its applications

Friday, September 13, 2013 - 15:30
704 Thackeray Hall
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Jean-Francois Lafont
Ohio State University

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The simplicial volume of a closed manifold ll M ll is a non-negative real number M (introduced by Gromov). I will explain various algebraic, topological, and geometric consequences of positivity of the simplicial volume. I will describe a general procedure, due to Gromov & Thurston, for showing that a manifold M has positive simplicial volume. This can be used to show that closed locally symmetric spaces of non-compact type have positive simplicial volume, confirming a conjecture of Gromov (this was joint work with B. Schmidt). Time permitting, I will also discuss some new applications of simplicial volume (work in progress with various collaborators).