Compactifying the étale topos

Elden Elmanto
Harvard University
Monday, October 28, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Ford Hall 110

The speaker has long feared the technicalities and intricacies of equivariant stable homotopy theory. Fortunately, beginning with the work of Glasman, major simplification on the foundations of the subject has been made (cf. the work of Ayala-Mazel-Gee-Rozenblyum, Nikolaus-Scholze and the Barwick school). We offer another perspective (that the speaker has a chance of understanding) on equivariant stable homotopy theory, at least for the group C_2, via algebraic geometry. We view it as a way to remedy an infamous annoyance: the 2-étale cohomological dimension of the field of real numbers is infinite. We do this by identifying the genuine C_2-spectra with a category of motives based on Real algebraic geometry ala Scheiderer. This is joint work with Jay Shah.