Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, April 23, 2018 - 2:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Institute of Mathematics CAS, Praha, Czech Republic
Novikov homology was introduced by Novikov in the early 1980s motivated by problems in hydrodynamics. The Novikov inequalities in the Novikov homology theory give lower bounds for the number of critical points of a Morse closed 1-form on a compact differentiable manifold M. In the first part of my talk I shall survey the Novikov homology theory in finite dimensional setting and its further developments in infinite dimensional setting with applications in the theory of symplectic fixed points and Lagrangian intersection/embedding problems. In the second part of my talk I shall report on my recent joint work with Jean-Francois Barraud and Agnes Gadbled on construction of the Novikov fundamental group associated to a cohomology class of a closed 1-form on M and its application to obtaining new lower bounds for the number of critical points of a Morse 1-form.