Hyperbolic volume and torsions of 3-manifolds

Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, November 14, 2008 - 14:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 269
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
We will explain the famous result of Luck and Schick which says that for a large class of 3-manifolds, including all knot complements, the hyperbolic volume is equal to the l^2-torsion. Then we speculate about the growth of homology torsions of finite covers of knot complements. The talk will be elementary and should be accessible to those interested in geometry/topology.