Complex Ball Quotients and New Symplectic 4-Manifolds with Nonnegative Signatures

Geometry Topology Seminar
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 3:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Sumeyra Sakalli – University of Arkansas
John Etnyre

Please Note: Note this talk is at a different time and day

We first construct a complex surface with positive signature, which is a ball quotient. We obtain it as an abelian Galois cover of CP^2 branched over the Hesse arrangement. Then we analyze its fibration structure, and by using it we build new symplectic and also non-symplectic exotic 4-manifolds with positive signatures.


In the second part of the talk, we discuss Cartwright-Steger surfaces, which are also ball quotients. Next, we present our constructions of new symplectic and non-symplectic exotic 4-manifolds with non-negative signatures that have the smallest Euler characteristics in the so-called ‘arctic region’ on the geography chart.


More precisely, we prove that there exist infinite families of irreducible symplectic and infinite families of irreducible non-symplectic, exotic 4-manifolds that have the smallest Euler characteristics among the all known simply connected 4-manifolds with nonnegative signatures and with more than one smooth structures. This is a joint work with A. Akhmedov and S.-K. Yeung.