Geoff Cruttwell

Date: November 7, 2017

Time: 5pm

Location: ICT 616

Invited Speaker

Title: Affine spaces in a tangent category.
Affine manifolds are smooth manifolds with a particular choice of charts such that each transition function is affine.  In addition to being interesting in their own right, recent work of Jubin showed that the category of affine manifolds has a wide variety of monads and comonads on it, with many distributive laws relating these monads and comonads.
In this talk, we shall see how to work with affine manifolds in a tangent category.  A key result of Auslander and Markus shows that an affine structure on a smooth manifold M is equivalent to giving a flat, torsion-free connection on the tangent bundle of M; this we take as the definition of an affine object in a tangent category.  We give several alternative characterizations of such connections (some of which appear to be new in differential geometry), show how to extend Jubin’s results on the existence of monads and comonads to this setting, and find additional distributive laws between these monads and comonads that Jubin did not discover.
This is joint work with Rick Blute and Rory Lucyshyn-Wright.