SMS scnews item created by Anna Romanov at Sun 25 Aug 2019 0833
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Calendar1: 30 Aug 2019 1430-1630
CalLoc1: Quad S225
CalTitle1: Williamson - Intersection cohomology over rings
Auth: romanova@ (arom8272) in SMS-SAML

Informal Friday Seminar: Williamson -- Intersection cohomology over rings

In the mid 70s Goresky and MacPherson introduced intersection cohomology.  Their idea
was to limit the extent to which cycles could intersect the singularities of the space.
This was recast in sheaf theoretic language by Deligne and Goresky-MacPherson.
Intersection cohomology has provided a powerful tool in topology, algebraic geometry,
representation theory and combinatorics.  It was pointed out in the first paper of
Goresky and MacPherson that intersection cohomology over the integers does not possess a
non-degenerate intersection form, in contrast to cohomology of smooth spaces.  I will
describe an amusing solution to this issue, if one works over p-adic rings, and allows
ramified extensions.  I have no idea whether this theory is useful, but it does seem
aesthetically appealing.