- Series
- Geometry Topology Working Seminar
- Time
- Friday, December 2, 2022 - 2:00pm for 1.5 hours (actually 80 minutes)
- Location
- Skiles 006
- Speaker
- Daniel Irvine – Georgia Tech – dirvine7@gatech.edu
- Organizer
- John Etnyre

Morse theory and Morse homology together give a method for understanding how the topology of a smooth manifold changes with respect to a filtration of the manifold given by sub-level sets. The Morse homology of a smooth manifold can be expressed using an algebraic object called a persistence module. A persistence module is a module graded by real numbers, and in this setup the grading on the module corresponds to the aforementioned filtration on the smooth manifold.

This is the second of a series of talks that aims to explain the relationship between Morse homology and persistence modules. In this second talk, I will define persistence modules, explain how to compute Morse homology using persistence modules, and explain how the Künneth theorem and the cup product work with persistence modules. The material from the first part of this series will be assumed.