"The more I learned, the more conscious did I become of the fact that I was ridiculous. So that for me my years of hard work at the university seem in the end to have existed for the sole purpose of demonstrating and proving to me, the more deeply engrossed I became in my studies, that I was an utterly absurd person."
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Title: The space of algebraic cobordism
Abstract: Classically, the universal oriented cohomology theory is represented by the complex cobordism spectrum MU, which has a description in terms of cobordism spaces of compact smooth manifolds with an extra structure. In motivic settings, the analogous spectrum MGL was constructed by Voevodsky, and over a base field of characteristic 0, its corresponding homotopy groups can be expressed via algebraic “cobordism groups” of varieties, as defined by Levine-Morel. In this talk we will discuss a model for the underlying space of MGL as an algebro-geometric incarnation of the cobordism space. As an application, we will present a geometric description of this space as a (homotopy type of) some Hilbert scheme. This is joint work with Elden Elmanto, Marc Hoyois, Adeel Khan and Vladimir Sosnilo.
Title: How to encode transfers in motivic homotopy theory
Abstract: Voevodsky’s approach to constructing the (derived) category of motives starts with introducing so called presheaves with transfers. Later Calmès and Fasel added extra data of quadratic forms to this construction, by considering presheaves with Milnor-Witt transfers. We will show that these transfers are examples of a more general construction of E-transfers, defined for any motivic ring spectrum E. We will also discuss relation of E-transfers with framed transfers, and some consequences for understanding the category of E-modules. This is joint work with Elden Elmanto, Marc Hoyois, Adeel Khan and Vladimir Sosnilo.
Title: Motivic stable homotopy groups via framed correspondences
Abstract: A modern approach to the motivic stable homotopy category allows one to express its mapping spaces in terms of geometric data called "framed correspondences". We will explain this approach and illustrate it by computing Gm-homotopy groups of the special linear algebraic cobordism spectrum MSL.
Title: Framed transfers in motivic homotopy
Abstract: In motivic settings, generalized cohomology theories acquire additional structure called “framed transfers”. We will discuss this structure from different perspectives. This is joint work with Elden Elmanto, Marc Hoyois, Adeel Khan and Vladimir Sosnilo.