A knot Floer stable homotopy type

Speaker: Ciprian Manolescu

Date: Mon, Jul 18, 2022

Location: PIMS, University of British Columbia, Zoom, Online

Conference: Séminaire de Mathématiques Supérieures 2022: Floer Homotopy Theory

Subject: Mathematics

Class: Scientific


Given a grid diagram for a knot or link K in the three-sphere, we construct a spectrum whose homology is the knot Floer homology of K. We conjecture that the homotopy type of the spectrum is an invariant of K. Our construction does not use holomorphic geometry, but rather builds on the combinatorial definition of grid homology. We inductively define models for the moduli spaces of pseudo-holomorphic strips and disk bubbles, and patch them together into a framed flow category. The inductive step relies on the vanishing of an obstruction class that takes values in a complex of positive domains with partitions. (This is joint work with Sucharit Sarkar.)