Resonance for loop homology on spheres

Friday, March 15, 2013 -
1:30pm to 2:30pm
Fix a metric (Riemannian or Finsler) on a compact manifold M. The critical points of the length function on the free loop space LM of M are the closed geodesics on M. Filtration by the length function gives a link between the geometry of closed geodesics, and the algebraic structure given by the Chas-Sullivan product on the homology of LM and the “dual” loop cohomology product. If X is a homology class on LM, the "minimax" critical level Cr(X) is a critical value of the length function. Gromov proved that if M is simply connected, there are positive constants k and K so that for every homology class X of degree >dim(M) on LM, k·deg(X)<Cr(X)< K·deg(X). When M is a sphere, we prove there are positive constants a and b so that for every homology class X on LM, a·deg(X)-b <Cr(X)< a·deg(X)+b. There are interesting consequences for the length spectrum. Mark Goresky and Hans-Bert Rademacher are collaborators.
Speaker: 
Nancy Hingston
College of New Jersey and IAS
Event Location: 
IAS - Simonyi Hall Seminar Room SH-101