Rational blow-down and exotic smooth 4-manifolds

Maria Michalogiorgaki (Universität Zürich)

Monday 14th December, 2009 16:00-17:00 Mathematics Building, room 204


After recalling a few basic facts about smooth 4-manifolds, I will discuss the rational blow-down operation. I will then use a specific example to present the main ideas and tools involved in the construction of an exotic smooth 4-manifold using this operation.

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