Title: Configuration spaces of hard squares
Speaker: Matthew Kahle (OSU)
Speaker's URL: https://www.matthewkahle.org/about
Abstract: The topology of configuration spaces of points in the plane is well understood. But if you give the points positive thickness and put them in a confined region, much less is known. In this talk, I will report on recent progress on under- standing configuration spaces of hard squares in a rectangle. Our main result is quantifying the factorial rate of growth of the Betti numbers. This is joint work with Hannah Alpert and Robert MacPherson.
URL associated with Seminar: https://tgda.osu.edu/activities/tdga-seminar/