Morse theory for complexes of groups

Vidit Nanda, University of Oxford

Online Talk 

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We will describe a new equivariant version of discrete Morse theory designed specially for quotient objects X/G which arise naturally in geometric group theory from actions of finite groups G on finite simplicial complexes X. Our main tools are (A) a reconstruction theorem due to Bridson and Haefliger which recovers X from X/G decorated with stabiliser data, and (B) a 2-categorical upgrade of discrete Morse theory which faithfully captures the underlying homotopy type. Both tools will be introduced during the course of the talk. This is joint work with Naya Yerolemou.