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PhD course: Equivariant stable homotopy theory

Time: Mon 2023-03-13 15.00 - 17.00

Location: Cramér room, Albano

Participating: Stefan Schwede (University of Bonn, visiting professor at SU)

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The class is an introduction to equivariant stable homotopy theory (for finite groups), including an outlook towards globally-equivariant phenomena. Some topics to be covered include: equivariant stable homotopy groups, the `genuine’ G-equivariant stable homotopy category, the Wirthmüller isomorphism, transfers, genuine and geometric fixed points, and the tom Dieck splitting. I will discuss the orthogonal spectrum model for global spectra, including the structure of global homotopy groups ("global Mackey functors") and the global stable homotopy category. Along the way, we'll discuss examples and relate the models to the higher categorical perspective.

Prerequisites: solid general knowledge of algebraic topology and basic homotopy theory. Ideally, students would already be acquinted with non-equivariant stable homotopy theory and some unstable equivariant homotopy theory (G-CW-complexes, Elmendorf's theorem). I will occasionally offer a higher categorical perspective on things; for that, some familiarity with infty-categories is helpful.

Schedule: Mondays 15-17, starting March 13. (Ten lectures.)

Examination: PhD students who would like to get credits for the course can do an oral exam.


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