Complex-oriented cohomology theories and Quillen's theorem Part I

Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 14:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Georgia Tech
Complex-oriented cohomology theories are a class of generalized cohomology theories with special properties with respect to orientations of complex vector bundles. Examples include all ordinary cohomology theories, complex K-theory, and (our main theory of interest) complex cobordism.In two talks on these cohomology theories, we'll construct and discuss some examples and study their properties. Our ultimate goal will be to state and understand Quillen's theorem, which at first glance describes a close relationship between complex cobordism and formal group laws. Upon closer inspection, we'll see that this is really a relationship between C-oriented cohomology theories and algebraic geometry.