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Formality of a higher codimensional Swiss-Cheese operad accepted in Algebraic & Geometric Topology

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My paper, “Formality of a higher codimensional Swiss-Cheese operad”, has just been accepted for publication in Algebraic & Geometric Topology! This paper is part of my effort to try and apply rational homotopy theoretical methods to the computation of factorization homology and invariants of knot-like structures. As a reminder, here is its abstract:

We study bicolored configurations of points in the Euclidean nn-space that are constrained to remain either inside or outside a fixed Euclidean mm-subspace, with nm2n - m \ge 2. We define a higher-codimensional variant of the Swiss-Cheese operad, called the complementarily constrained disks operad CDmn\mathsf{CD}_{mn}, associated to such configurations. The operad CDmn\mathsf{CD}_{mn} is weakly equivalent to the operad of locally constant factorization algebras on the stratified space {RmRn}\{\mathbb{R}^{m} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n}\}. We prove that this operad is formal over R\mathbb{R}.

The paper went through several iterations as part of the editorial process. I am very grateful to the editorial committee for this, as well as to the anonymous referees who provided many suggestions to improve the paper, especially the exposition.

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