Joint IAS-PU Symplectic Geometry Seminar | |

Topic: | Resonance for Loop Homology on Spheres |

Speaker: | Nancy Hingston |

Affiliation: | The College of New Jersey; Member, School of Mathemtics |

Date: | Friday, March 15 |

Time/Room: | 1:30pm - 2:30pm/S-101 |

Fix a metric (Riemannian or Finsler) on a compact manifold M. The critical points of the length function on the free loop space LM of M are the closed geodesics on M. Filtration by the length function gives a link between the geometry of closed geodesics, and the algebraic structure given by the Chas-Sullivan product on the homology of LM and the “dual” loop cohomology product. If X is a homology class on LM, the "minimax" critical level Cr(X) is a critical value of the length function. Gromov proved that if M is simply connected, there are positive constants k and K so that for every homology class X of degree>dim(M) on LM, k deg(X)<Cr(X)<K deg(X). When M is a sphere, we prove there are positive constants a and b so that for every homology class X on LM, a deg(X)-b<Cr(X)< a deg(X)+b. There are interesting consequences for the length spectrum. Mark Goresky and Hans-Bert Rademacher are collaborators.