SMS scnews item created by Boris Lishak at Mon 4 Jun 2018 1338
Type: Seminar
Modified: Mon 4 Jun 2018 1346
Distribution: World
Expiry: 4 Dec 2018
Calendar1: 7 Jun 2018 1200-1300
CalLoc1: Carslaw 351
CalTitle1: Geometry & Topology Seminar: Robertson -- An action of the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group on stable curves of genus zero

Geometry and Topology Seminar

An action of the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group on stable curves of genus zero

Marcy Robertson

Thursday 7 June 12:00–13:00 in Carslaw 351.

Please join us for lunch after the talk.

Abstract: The Grothendieck-Teichmüller group is an explicitly defined group introduced by Drinfeld which is closely related to (and conjecturally equal to) the absolute Galois group. The idea was based on Grothendieck's suggestion that one should study the absolute Galois group by relating it to its action on the Teichmüller tower of fundamental groupiods of the moduli stacks of genus g curves with n marked points. In this talk, we give an reimagining of the genus zero Teichmuller tower in terms of a profinite completion of the framed little 2-discs operad. Using this reinterpretation, we show that the homotopy automorphisms of this model for the Teichmüller tower is isomorphic to the (profinite) Grothendieck-Teichmüller group. We then show a non-trivial action of the absolute Galois group on our tower. This talk will be aimed a general audience and will not assume any previous knowledge of the Grothendieck-Teichmüller group or operads. This is joint work with Pedro Boavida de Brito and Geoffroy Horel.

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