SMS scnews item created by Laurentiu Paunescu at Mon 16 Jul 2018 1616
Type: Seminar
Modified: Fri 20 Jul 2018 1549
Distribution: World
Expiry: 2 Nov 2018
Calendar1: 2 Aug 2018 1600-1800
CalLoc1: Carslaw Lecture Room 350
Auth: laurent@p721m.pc (assumed)

Braid Groups: Thomas Gobet and Geordie Williamson -- Braid Groups

 The theory of braid groups occupies a beautiful place in modern mathematics. 
The theory began with Artin in an attempt to understand knots; nowadays braids play an 
important role in topology, representation theory and symplectic geometry. This course 
will be an introduction to the theory with an emphasis on current research directions. 
We will begin with the basic theory of Coxeter groups and classical topological 
approaches to the type A braid group. We will then cover the Burau and Krammer 
representations, and discuss central problems including linearity, the word problem, 
the centre and the description of classifying spaces. We will then discuss the recent 
theory of categorical actions of braid groups, discussing in detail the work of 
Khovanov-Seidel, Brav-Thomas and Rouquier.

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