Homotopy, modular forms, and the spectrum Q(l)

Faculty Member

Vesna Stojanoska

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The question of determining the ways in which different-dimensional spheres can wrap around each other, formally known as the homotopy groups of spheres, is the most difficult and fundamental question in homotopy theory. In the last 20-30 years, relationships between these groups and modular forms have become apparent, giving a tight connection to number theory.
A second-cousin of the homotopy groups of spheres is an object called the spectrum Q(l), which is built out of close relatives of modular forms. The goal of this IGL project is to explicitly compute the homotopy groups of Q(l).

Team Meetings

Bi-weekly

Project Difficulty

Advanced

Undergrad Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Math 417, Optional: 418, 453

Will be using Magma and/or Sage software, but no prior experience with them is necessary.