My first real post in a while! It turns out that writing an actual paper (cf. previous blog post) takes a lot of time and effort. Who knew?

The Voronov product of operads is an operation introduced by Voronov in his paper The Swiss-cheese operad (he just called it “the product”). It combines an operad and a multiplicative operad to yield a new colored operad; the main example I know is the homology of the Swiss-cheese operad. This is a construction that I use in my preprint Swiss-Cheese operad and Drinfeld center, where as far as I know I coined the name “Voronov product” – I haven’t seen this operation at all outside of Voronov’s paper. I wanted to advertise it a bit because I find it quite interesting and I’m eager to see what people can do with it.

Voronov products

The setting is as follows. Consider two symmetric one-colored operads, and , in some monoidal category. Suppose that you’re also given a morphism of operads , where is the operad of commutative algebras. Then Voronov builds a new, bicolored operad .

I have uploaded a new preprint, The Lambrechts–Stanley Model of Configuration Spaces, which you can find at arXiv:1608.08054 . Here is the abstract:

We prove the validity over of a CDGA model of configuration spaces for simply connected manifolds with vanishing Euler characteristic, answering a conjecture of Lambrechts–Stanley. We get as a result that the real homotopy type of such configuration spaces only depends on a Poincaré duality model of the manifold. We moreover prove that our model is compatible with the action of the Fulton–MacPherson operad, by relying on Kontsevich’s proof of the formality of the little disks operads. We use this more precise result to get a complex computing factorization homology of manifolds.

I would of course be interested in any comment, question… about this paper.

This week I was at the Young Topologists Meeting! It’s gotten even bigger than two years ago, as there were more than 180 participants this year. The conference was quite interesting, and Copenhagen is a really nice city! The main theme was homological stability, about which I have learned a lot. The organizers should be applauded, because I can’t imagine how hard it must have been to plan a conference this big.

Now that I’ve done all my (math-related) travelling for the summer, I hope I’ll be able to post actual content here…

Maybe you (I don’t know who reads this anyway) haven’t noticed, but this blog has a new URL: blog.erad.fr! I splurged and got a domain name. The blog is (for now) still accessible via the old GitHub URL, but this may change at some point… Maybe more details on this later.

Update: And now the old Github URL shouldn’t work anymore. Hehe.

Last week I was invited by Thomas Willwacher to ETH Zürich for a few days, during which I also had the opportunity to give a talk at the “Talks in Mathematical Physics” seminar. It was a very interesting few days, and I’m very grateful for this invitation!

It also explains why I’ve been slacking off a bit with this blog – my teaching for the year is done and I’m traveling a lot in a short period…