Comparison theorems for torus-equivariant elliptic cohomology theories
AuthorSpong, Matthew James
AffiliationSchool of Mathematics and Statistics
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2019 Dr. Matthew James Spong
In 1994, Grojnowski gave a construction of an equivariant elliptic cohomology theory associated to an elliptic curve over the complex numbers. Grojnowski’s construction has seen numerous applications in algebraic topology and geometric representation theory, however the construction is somewhat ad hoc and there has been significant interest in the question of its geometric interpretation. We show that there are two global models for Grojnowski’s theory, which shed light on its geometric meaning. The first model is constructed as the Borel-equivariant cohomology of a double free loop space, and is a holomorphic version of a construction of Rezk from 2016. The second model is constructed as the loop group-equivariant K-theory of a free loop space, and is a slight modification of a construction given in 2014 by Kitchloo, motivated by ideas in conformal field theory. We investigate the properties of each model and establish their precise relationship to Grojnowski’s theory.
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