Hyperbolic manifolds, algebraic K-theory and the extended Bloch group

Series
Geometry Topology Seminar
Time
Monday, September 14, 2009 - 3:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 269
Speaker
Christian Zickert – UC Berkeley – zickert@math.berkeley.eduhttp://math.berkeley.edu/~zickert/
Organizer
Stavros Garoufalidis
A closed hyperbolic 3-manifold $M$ determines a fundamental classin the algebraic K-group $K_3^{ind}(C)$. There is a regulator map$K_3^{ind}(C)\to C/4\Pi^2Z$, which evaluated on the fundamental classrecovers the volume and Chern-Simons invariant of $M$. The definition of theK-groups are very abstract, and one is interested in more concrete models.The extended Bloch is such a model. It is isomorphic to $K_3^{ind}(C)$ andhas several interesting properties: Elements are easy to produce; thefundamental class of a hyperbolic manifold can be constructed explicitly;the regulator is given explicitly in terms of a polylogarithm.