Sam Nariman (Northwestern University)
Friedlander-Milnor's problem for diffeomorphism groups
Let G be a finite dimensional Lie group and G^delta be the same group with the discrete topology. The natural homomorphism from G^delta to G induces a continuous map from BG^delta to BG. Milnor conjectured that this map induces a p-adic equivalence. In this talk, we discuss the same map for infinite dimensional Lie groups, in particular for diffeomorphism groups and symplectomorphisms. In these cases, we show that the map from BG^delta to BG induces split surjection on cohomology with finite coefficients in "the stable range". If time permits, I will discuss applications of these results in foliation theory, in particular, flat surface bundles.