Group actions on homology 3-spheres
Ian Hambleton (McMaster University)
Thursday 14th June, 2018 16:00-17:00 Maths 311B
I will discuss finite group actions on integral or rational homology 3-spheres. The main examples for this talk are the Brieskorn integral homology 3-spheres M(p,q,r) arising from isolated singularities, which bound smooth 4-manifolds with definite intersection forms. In addition, there are special infinite families of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres which can be realized as boundaries of smooth contractible 4-manifolds. We ask whether the periodic actions on Brieskorn spheres extend to smooth actions with isolated fixed points on one of these associated 4-manifolds. This is joint work with Nima Anvari.