The Shape of Compact Covers

Monday, February 19, 2024 - 12:00

625 Thackeray Hall/Zoom:

Speaker Information
Paul M. Gartside
University of Pittsburgh

Abstract or Additional Information

The aim of this work, which is joint with Ziqin Feng, is to uncover the possible `shapes' of compact covers of spaces, particularly subspaces of the reals. The main technical tool - which makes precise the notion of `shape' of a compact cover - is that of the relative Tukey order and equivalence. We will see that there is an unexpected connection with Menger sets, and we will apply our results to distinguish free topological groups of separable metrizable spaces.