Florian Kranhold

[Florian Kranhold]

Address Mathematical Institute
University of Bonn
Endenicher Allee 60
53115 Bonn
Phone+49 (0)228 73-62208
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I am a PhD student of Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer, expecting to defend my thesis in May 2022. My research interests lie in the area of algebraic topology: more specifically, I am interested in (coloured) topological operads and their algebras, configuration spaces and their homological stability, as well as diffeomorphism groups and mapping class groups, moduli spaces of surfaces and their (unstable) homology. More recently, I have been studying low-dimensional equivariant and parametrised cobordism cate­go­ries and their homotopy type.

My co-authors are Andrea Bianchi from the University of Copenhagen and Jens Reinhold from the University of Münster.

Here is my CV and my ORCID record, and you can watch a Zoom talk I gave in the Purdue Topology Seminar in September 2021, as well as a Talk at a blackboard I gave at a Workshop in Co­pen­hagen in November 2021.


  • Parametrised moduli spaces of surfaces as infinite loop spaces

    We study the \(E_2\)-algebra \(\Lambda\mathfrak{M}_{*,1}=\coprod_{g\geqslant 0}\Lambda\mathfrak{M}_{g,1}\) consisting of free loop spaces of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with one parametrised boundary component, and compute the homotopy type of the group completion \(\Omega B\Lambda\mathfrak{M}_{*,1}\): it is the product of \(\Omega^\infty\mathbf{MTSO}(2)\) with a certain free \(\Omega^\infty\)-space depending on the family of all boundary-irreducible mapping classes in all mapping class groups \(\Gamma_{g,n}\) with \(g\geqslant 0\) and \(n\geqslant 1\).

  • Configuration spaces of clusters as \(E_d\)-algebras

    It is a classical result that configuration spaces of labelled particles in \(\mathbb{R}^d\) are free algebras over the little \(d\)-cubes operad \(\mathscr{C}_d\), and their \(d\)-fold bar construction is equivalent to the \(d\)-fold suspension of the labelling space. The aim of this paper is to study a variation of these spaces, namely the configuration space of labelled clusters of points in \(\mathbb{R}^d\). This configuration space is again an \(E_d\)-algebra, but in general not a free one. We give geometric models for their iterated bar construction in two different ways: one uses an additional verticality constraint, and the other one uses a description of these clustered configuration spaces as cellular \(E_1\)-algebras. In the last section, we show a stable splitting result and present some applications.

  • Vertical configuration spaces and their homology

    We introduce ordered and unordered configuration spaces of ‘clusters’ of points in an Euclidean space \(\mathbb{R}^d\), where points in each cluster have to satisfy a ‘verticality’ condition, depending on a decomposition \(d=p+q.\) We compute the homology in the ordered case and prove homological stability in the unordered case.

  • Moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces and symmetric products: A combinatorial description of the Mumford–Miller–Morita classes

    This is my master thesis which was finished in the summer term 2018 under the supervision of Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer. Its main result is a Poincaré–Lefschetz correspondence between the Mumford–Miller–Morita classes in the cohomology of moduli spaces and certain subcomplexes of Bödigheimer’s simplicial model of parallel slit domains.


In the summer term 2022, I am the teaching assistant for the lectures Einführung in die Geometrie und Topologie by Koen van den Dungen and Topology 2 by Daniel Kasprowski.

In the summer term 2020, I co-organised a graduate seminar on Operads in Algebra and Topology together with Andrea Bianchi. Moreover, I have been tutor for the following topology lectures:

SoSe 2021 Algebraic Topology 2Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer
WiSe 2020/21Algebraic Topology 1Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer
SoSe 2020 Algebraic Topology 2Christoph Winges
WiSe 2019/20Algebraic Topology 1Wolfgang Lück
SoSe 2019 Topology 2Daniel Kasprowski
WiSe 2018/19Topology 1Wolfgang Lück
SoSe 2018 Einführung in die Geometrie und TopologieWolfgang Lück