ATMW Algebraic Structures on Manifolds (2016)


Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata


13th to 22nd December, 2016


Convener(s) Speakers, Syllabus and Time table Applicants/Participants


School Convener(s)

Name Prof. Goutam Mukherjee Prof. Somnath Basu
Mailing Address Indian Statistical Institute, Stat-Math Unit,
203 B.T. Road, Kolkata
700 018, India.
IISER, Kolkata, Mohanpur
741246, West Bengal, India.


Speakers and Syllabus 

NAME E-mail address Affiliation
1 Samik Basu samik.basu2 AT RKMVU, Belur
3 Somnath Basu somnath.basu AT IISER Kolkata
3 Mahuya Datta mahuyad AT ISI Kolkata
4 Ashis Mandal amandal AT IIT Kanpur
5 Amiya Mukherjee mukherjee.amiya AT ISI Kolkata
6 Goutam Mukherjee gmukherjee.isi AT ISI Kolkata
7 Anita Naolekar anita AT ISI Bangalore
8 Debasis Sen debasis AT IIT Kanpur

(I) Aim of the workshop and syllabus
The ATM workshop aims to understand certain algebraic constructions on free loop space of manifolds. These constructions have algebraic counterpart in Hochschild and cyclic homology of associative algebras. The syllabus of the workshop is broadly divided into four sections:

(A) Preliminaries: We will discuss manifolds, Poincaré duality, cap product. We will also review basic homotopy theory, including fibrations and simplicial objects. We will review Milnor’s construction of classifying spaces and then discuss bar and cobar constructions of algebras and coalgebras respectively.
References: Algebraic Topology by Hatcher, Construction of universal bundles I, II by Milnor,
The geometric realization of a semi-simplicial complex by Milnor, Algebraic Operads by Loday,

(B) Hochschild homology: We will discuss Hochschild (co)homology of associative algebras. We will study deformations of algebras leading to Gerstenhaber algebras. This further leads to Batalin-Vilkovisky algebra. The algebra of smooth differential forms on a Poisson manifold provides an example of Gerstenhaber algebra.
References: On the cohomology groups of an associative algebra by Hochschild, On the deformation of rings and algebras I, II by Gerstenhaber, From Poisson algebras to Gerstenhaber algebras by Kosmann-Schwarzbach.

(C) Cyclic homology: We will discuss cyclic sets and circle action leading to cyclic homology of algebras as well as S1 -equivariant homology of spaces on which the circle acts. We will discuss the connection of cyclic homology of cochains on a manifold with the S1 -equivariant homology of the free loop space of the manifolds.
References: Cyclic homology by Loday, Free loop space and homology by Loday, Cyclic homology and equivariant homology by Jones, Cyclic homology, derivations and the free loop space by Goodwillie.

(D) Loop spaces: We will describe loop product on the homology of free loop space of a manifold. We will discuss how this homology becomes a BV algebra. The case of surfaces and Goldman bracket will be discussed. We will finish by describing the connection of these with topological conformal field theory.
References: String Topology by Chas, Sullivan, A homotopy theoretic realization of string topology by Cohen, Jones, String topology and cyclic homology by Cohen, Hess, Voronov, Open and closed string field theory interpreted in classical algebraic topology by Sullivan.

(II) Time-Table

Date/Time 10-12:15 12:30-1 1-2:30 2:30-4:45 5-6
13/12 B1 (A.Mandal) Discussion L B2 (A.Naolekar) Discussion
14/12 B3 (A.Naolekar) Discussion U A1 (G.Mukherjee) Discussion
15/12 A3 (A.Mukherjee) Discussion N B4 (M.Datta) Discussion
16/12 A4 (A.Mukherjee) Discussion C A2 (Sa.Basu) Discussion
17/12 C1 (A.Mandal) Discussion H C2 (D.Sen) Discussion
18/12 B R E A K
19/12 C3 (D.Sen) Discussion L D1 (Sa.Basu) Discussion
20/12 D2 (Sa.Basu) Discussion U D3 (So.Basu) Discussion
21/12 D4 (So.Basu) Discussion N C4 (D.Sen) Discussion
22/12 D5 (So.Basu) Discussion CH C5 (D.Sen) Discussion


Topic A (Basic Material)
A1) Simplicial objects and classifying spaces [Goutam Mukherjee]
A2) Bar and cobar constructions [Samik Basu]
A3) Manifolds and Poincaré duality [Amiya Mukherjee]
A4) Fibrations and homotopy theory [Amiya Mukherjee]

Topic B (Hochschild Homology)
B1) Hochschild (co)homology of algebras [Ashis Mandal]
B2, B3) Deformation of algebras (Gerstenhaber and BV algebras) [Anita Naolekar]
B4) Examples of the above (forms on Poisson manifolds etc.) [Mahuya Datta]

Topic C (Cyclic Homology)
C1) Cyclic homology of algebras [Ashis Mandal]
C2, C3) S1 -equivariant homology, cyclic sets and S 1 -actions [Debashis Sen]
C4) Relation between cyclic and S1 -equivariant homology [Debasis Sen]
C5) Relation between Hochschild homology and H ( LM) [Debasis Sen]

Topic D (Loop Spaces and Field Theory)
D1) Loop product and string bracket [Samik Basu]
D2) Analogous structures on Hochschild homology [Samik Basu]
D3) Example of surfaces [Somnath Basu]
D4, D5) Connections with homological conformal field theory [Somnath Basu]

(III) Report of the talks by individual lecturers

Speaker: Prof. Amiya Mukherjee
I. Manifolds and Poincare Duality Theorem
Homology characterization of orientation, Exact sequence. Cup Product and Cap product. Direct limit group. Poincare duality theorem and its proof for non-compact oriented manifolds.
II. Homotopy Theory and Fibrations.
H-group and H-cogroup. Exact sequences of sets of homotopy classes of maps. Fibrations. Homotopy exact sequence of a Serre fibration.

Speaker: Dr. Anita Naolekar
In these lectures we introduce deformation theory of associative algebras over a field of char zero, with base a commutative unital ring with a fixed augmentation. We show that deformations of an associative algebra with base a local commutative unital ring, is controlled by a differential graded Lie algebra (dgla), via its Maurer-Cartan elements. This dgla arises from the Hochschild cochain complex of the algebra with coefficients in itself.
We also talk about Kontevich’s result on deformation quantization of Poisson manifolds. Later, in the context of deformation theory, we introduce the definitions of Gerstenhaber algebras and BV algebras, and give some examples.

Speaker: Dr. Ashis Mandal
I. On Hochchild (co)homology of algebras:
First we recall some basics on associative algebras, its modules and bimodules. Then we define Hochschild chain complex and deduce the homology for an associative algebra with coefficients in a bimodule. Few basic properties for the homology are discussed with an emphasis on low dimensional homologies. Next we introduce the Hochschild cochain complex and define the Hochschild cohomology for an associative algebra with coefficient in a bimodule. Then we present the derived functor description of Hochschild homology and cohomology by introducing the Hochschild standrad resolution and Bar complex for an associative algebra.
II. Cyclic homology of algebras:
We define cyclic bicomplex and cyclic homology groups of an associative algebra. Then we present the Connes complex for associative algebras and its homology. We derive the b-B bicomplex by recalling the Connes operator B and comparison of homologies in these bicomplexes. Next we discuss about mixed complex, its associated Connes’s bicomplex and Connes’s long exact sequence. For commutative algebras we show the relation between cyclic homology and differential forms. In the sequel we find that the Connes’s operator B is the noncommutative analogue of the the de Rham differential and the cyclic homology is the noncommutative version of de Rham cohomology.

Speaker: Dr. Debasis Sen

We introduced Cyclic Category, Cyclic Sets, and gave some examples. Then we proved that geometric realization of cyclic sets is naturally equipped with a circle action. We showed that Cyclic homology of cyclic set is isomorphic to S1-equivariant Borel homology of the geometric realization. Next we proved that geometric realization of Cyclic bar construction of a group is homotopy equivalent to the free loop space on the classifying space of the group. In the end we gave a short survey comparing homotopy theory of cyclic sets and spaces with circle action.

Speaker: Prof. Goutam Mukherjee
Algebraic topology may be described as the study of those functors from the category of topological spaces to that of groups which are invariants of homotopy type. From this point of view, the category of topological spaces which are of the homotopy type of a CW complex is equivalent to the category of the category of simplicial sets satisfying Kan extension condition. This simplicialization is an efficient way to construct manifolds combinatorially which permits us to study them up to homotopy. Moreover, this simplicial technique is also useful to construct classifying space of a given a topological group G, which classifies principal G-bundles up to homotopy. This is a particular case of a more general construction known as bar construction. We introduced simplicial objects and described briefly construction of classifying space of a given group.

Speaker: Prof. Mahuya Dutta
Gerstenhaber algebra and BV Algebra structure on Multivector fields. Correspondence between Lie algebroids Gerstenhaber algebras. Poisson manifolds. Correspondence between Poisson bivector field on a manifold and Poisson bracket on the space smooth functions on it. Koszul bracket on the space of 1-forms on a Poisson manifold. Lie algebroid structure on the cotangent bundle of a Poisson manifold. BV algebra structure on graded algebra of differential forms on Poisson manifolds. Correspondence between Lie Algebroids with flat connections and BV Algebras.

Speaker: Dr. Samik Basu
I. Bar and Cobar constructions
We discussed bar constructions for differential graded algebras and cobar constructions for differential graded coalgebras. These were shown to be adjoint using the space of twisting morphisms. A number of examples from topology were discussed during the lecture.
II. Loop product and String Bracket
We constructed the Chas-Sullivan loop product on the homology of the free loop space and made some computations for S1 and S3. We discussed how this gives rise to a BV algebra structure on the homology of the free loop space. For the S1 equivariant homology this gives rise to a graded Lie bracket, called the string bracket.
III. Algebraic structures and string topology
We saw how the homology of the free loop space was the Hochschild cohomology of the cochain algebra for a manifold M. It was also indicated how in the case of a manifold the Gerstenhaber algebra structure on the Hochschild cohomology of the cochain algebra refined to a BV algebra structure. In these cases the isomorphism between the homology of the free loop space and the Hochschild cohomology of the cochain algebra becomes an isomorphism of Gerstenhaber algebras over any field. For fields of characteristic 0, this becomes an isomorphism of BV algebras. Among other implications, this means that the string topology operations are homotopy invariant. We further discussed how to view all these isomorphisms from the perspective of stable homotopy theory.

Speaker: Dr. Somnath Basu
I. String topology for surfaces
We discussed the computations associated with the free loop space of surfaces. The free loop space was shown to decompose essentially into a union of covering spaces, indexed by conjugacy classes of the fundamental group. Using this, the generators for the equivariant homology were computed and visualized. We saw that there is also a structure of Lie coalgebra which together turns the string topology (for surfaces) into a Lie bialgebra, due to work of Goldman and Turaev.
II. Topological Quantum Field Theory
After setting up the definitions of the category nCob, monoidal categories and functors between them, we defined what a Topological Quantum Field Theory (TQFT) was. We argues our way to classifying all 2 dimensional TQFT’s by realizing that such a TQFT is given by a commutative Frobenius algebra. We also discussed several examples as well equivalent definitions of a Frobenius algebra.
III. Conformal Field Theory and free loop spaces
We defined what a Conformal Field Theory (CFT) is, starting with a discussion of conformal structures and moduli space of such structures on Riemann surfaces. When we restrict to the genus 0 part of a CFT, we get relations with the operad of framed ltitle disks and little disks. These are known, due to Getzler and Cohen respectively, to govern Gerstenhaber an BV algebras. Thus, the genus 0 part of a CFT will be a BV algebra. However, the homology of the free loop space, although being a BV algebra, is far from being a CFT and relevant recent results towards this were discussed.



Actual Participants 
Sr. SID NAME Affiliation
1 9009 Surojit Ghosh RKMVU, Belur
3 9083 Abhishek Sarkar IIT Kanpur
3 9139 Rishi Kumar IIT Kanpur
4 9155 Sumit Roy TIFR, Mumbai
5 9211 Priyabrata Mandal IIT Madras
6 9220 Gobinda Sau RKMVU, Belur
7 9516 Ripan Saha IISER Mohali
8 9588 Ishan Banerjee IISc
9 9609 Raj Bhawan Yadav ISI Tejpur
10 9613 Satyendra Kumar Mishra IIT Kanpur
11 9622 Partha Sil ISI Kolkata
12 9659 Neeraj Kumar Dhanwani IISER Bhopal
13 9700 Suraj Prakash Yadav IISER Pune
14 9703 Neetal Neal CMI
15 9705 Yash Uday Deshmukh CMI


Local participants
Debabrata Adak (Jadavpur University), Soham Chanda (CMI), Shuvojit Mandal (Jadavpur University), Aritra Bhowmick (ISI Kolkata), Suvrajit Bhattacharjee (ISI Kolkata)

How to reach

SI Kolkata Campus

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How to Reach ISI


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Taxi Fare Conversion Rate:


Electronic Meter: 1.8 times actual meter reading + 2


Flag meter : 3.6 times actual meter reading + 2


Please ensure that the meter is started at the beginning of the journey.


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