Contributed Talk – The Sullivan-conjecture in complex dimension 4 – Csaba Nagy (University of Melbourne)

December 6, 2018 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Seminar Room 1
Newton Institute

The Sullivan-conjecture claims that complex projective complete intersections are classified up to diffeomorphism by their total degree, Euler-characteristic and Pontryagin-classes. Kreck and Traving showed that the conjecture holds in complex dimension 4 if the total degree is divisible by 16. In this talk I will present the proof of the remaining cases. It is known that the conjecture holds up to connected sum with the exotic 8-sphere (this is a result of Fang and Klaus), so the essential part of our proof is understanding the effect of this operation on complete intersections. This is joint work with Diarmuid Crowley.