The Quasimorphism Question - Daniel Anthony

I will discuss a recent work constructing quasimorphisms on the group of area and orientation preserving homeomorphisms of the two-sphere.  The existence of these quasimorphisms answers a question of Entov, Polterovich, and Py.  As an immediate corollary, we learn that the commutator length is unbounded, sharply contrasting a result of Tsuboi regarding the group of homeomorphisms that do not preserve area.  A key role is played by “link spectral invariants”, constructed using a kind of quantitative variant of the Heegaard Floer cohomology for links.



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