Simplicial volume and aspherical manifolds – Marco Moraschini (Università di Bologna)


Dipartimento di Matematica, Sala Seminari.


Simplicial volume is a homotopy invariant for compact manifolds introduced by Gromov in the early 80s. It measures the complexity of a manifold in terms of singular simplices. Since simplicial volume behaves similarly to the Euler characteristic, a natural problem is to understand the relation between these two invariants. More precisely, a celebrated question by Gromov (~’90) asks whether all oriented closed connected aspherical manifolds with zero simplicial volume also have vanishing Euler characteristic.

In this talk, we will describe the problem and we will show counterexamples to some variations of the previous question. Moreover, we will describe some new strategies to approach the problem as well as the relation between Gromov’s question and other classical problems in topology.

This is part of joint work with Clara Löh and George Raptis.

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