Marco Moraschini (Università di Bologna)

Simplicial volume and aspherical manifolds

  • Data: 22 FEBBRAIO 2022  dalle 14:15 alle 16:00

  • Luogo: Seminario 2

Simplicial volume is a homotopy invariant for compact manifolds introduced by Gromov in the early 80s. It measures the complexity of a manifold in terms of singular simplices. Since simplicial volume behaves similarly to the Euler characteristic, a natural problem is to understand the relation between these two invariants. More precisely, a celebrated question by Gromov (~’90) asks whether all oriented closed connected aspherical manifolds with zero simplicial volume also have vanishing Euler characteristic. In this talk, we will introduce the notion of simplicial volume and then we will describe Gromov's question. Then, we will discuss some new possible strategies to approach the problem as well as the relation between Gromov’s question and other classical problems in topology. This is part of a joint work with Clara Löh and George Raptis.