Drew Heard

Førsteamanuensis, NTNU

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I am a førsteamanuensis (associate professor) at Trondheim University supported by a grant from the Trond Mohn Foundation. Previously I was a postdoc at Regensburg University, sponsored by the SFB Higher Invariants. Even earlier, I was a postdoc at Haifa University, a guest researcher at Universität Hamburg, sponsored by the SPP 1786, and a guest at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany. I completed my PhD in 2014 under Craig Westerland at Melbourne University. I am broadly interested in stable homotopy theory with a particular interest in chromatic homotopy theory. I am also interested in tensor triangulated geometry.


Publications

Published

Picard groups and duality for real Morava \(E\)-theory - with Guchuan Li, and Danny Shi. To appear in Algebraic & Geometric Topology

We show, at the prime 2, that the Picard group of invertible modules over \(E_n^{hC_2}\) is cyclic. Here, \(E_n\) is the height \(n\) Lubin--Tate spectrum and its \(C_2\)-action is induced from the formal inverse of its associated formal group law. We further show that \(E_n^{hC_2}\) is Gross--Hopkins self-dual and determine the exact shift. Our results generalize the well-known results when \(n=1\).

The homotopy limit problem and the Picard group of Hermitian \(K\)-theory. To appear in Annals of \(K\)-theory

We use descent theoretic methods to solve the homotopy limit problem for Hermitian \(K\)-theory over quasi-compact and quasi-separated base schemes. As another application of these descent theoretic methods, we compute the cellular Picard group of 2-complete Hermitian \(K\)-theory over \( \mathop{Spec}(\mathbb{C})\), showing that the only invertible cellular spectra are suspensions of the tensor unit.

Local Gorenstein duality for cochains on spaces - with Tobias Barthel, Natalia Castellana, and Gabriel Valenzuela. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra (arXiv link).

We investigate when a commutative ring spectrum \(R\) satisfies a homotopical version of local Gorenstein duality, extending the notion previously studied by Greenlees. In order to do this, we prove an ascent theorem for local Gorenstein duality along morphisms of \(k\)-algebras. Our main examples are of the form \(R = C^*(X;k)\), the ring spectrum of cochains on a space \(X\) for a field \(k\). In particular, we establish local Gorenstein duality in characteristic \(p\) for \(p\)-compact groups and \(p\)-local finite groups as well as for \(k = \mathbb{Q}\) and \(X\) a simply connected space which is Gorenstein in the sense of Dwyer, Greenlees, and Iyengar.

Stratification and duality for homotopical groups - with Tobias Barthel, Natalia Castellana, and Gabriel Valenzuela. Advances in Mathematics. (arXiv link).

We generalize Quillen's \(F\)-isomorphism theorem, Quillen's stratification theorem, the stable transfer, and the finite generation of cohomology rings from finite groups to homotopical groups. As a consequence, we show that the category of module spectra over \(C^*(B\mathcal{G},\mathbb{F}_p)\) is stratified and costratified for a large class of \(p\)-local compact groups \(\mathcal{G}\) including compact Lie groups, connected \(p\)-compact groups, and \(p\)-local finite groups, thereby giving a support-theoretic classification of all localizing and colocalizing subcategories of this category. Moreover, we prove that \(p\)-compact groups admit a homotopical form of Gorenstein duality.

On equivariant and motivic slices. Algebraic and Geometric Topology (arXiv link).

Let \(k\) be a field with a real embedding. We compare the motivic slice filtration of a motivic spectrum over \(Spec(k)\) with the \(C_2\)-equivariant slice filtration of its equivariant Betti realization, giving conditions under which realization induces an equivalence between the associated slice towers. In particular, we show that, up to reindexing, the towers agree for all spectra obtained from localized quotients of \(MGL\) and \(MR\), and for motivic Landweber exact spectra and their realizations. As a consequence, we deduce that equivariant spectra obtained from localized quotients of \(MR\) are even in the sense of Hill--Meier, and give a computation of the slice spectral sequence converging to \(\pi_{*,*}BP\langle n \rangle/2\) for \(1 \le n \le \infty\).

Derived completion for comodules - with Tobias Barthel, and Gabriel Valenzuela. Manuscripta Mathematica. (arXiv link).

The objective of this paper is to study completions and the local homology of comodules over Hopf algebroids, extending previous work of Greenlees and May in the discrete case. In particular, we relate module-theoretic to comodule-theoretic completion, construct various local homology spectral sequences, and derive a tilting-theoretic interpretation of local duality for modules. Our results translate to quasi-coherent sheaves over global quotient stacks and feed into a novel approach to the chromatic splitting conjecture.

Local duality in algebra and topology - with Tobias Barthel and Gabriel Valenzuela. Advances in Mathematics. (arXiv link).

The first goal of this paper is to provide an abstract framework in which to formulate and study local duality in various algebraic and topological contexts. For any stable \(\infty\)-category \(\mathcal{C}\) together with a collection of compact objects \( \mathcal{K} \subset \mathcal{C} \) we construct local cohomology and local homology functors satisfying an abstract version of local duality. When specialized to the derived category of a commutative ring \(A\) and a suitable ideal in \(A\), we recover the classical local duality due to Grothendieck as well as generalizations by Greenlees and May. More generally, applying our result to the derived category of quasi-coherent sheaves on a quasi-compact and separated scheme \(X\) implies the local duality theorem of Alonso Tarrío, Jeremías López, and Lipman.

As a second objective, we establish local duality for quasi-coherent sheaves over many algebraic stacks, in particular those arising naturally in stable homotopy theory. After constructing an appropriate model of the derived category in terms of comodules over a Hopf algebroid, we show that, in familiar cases, the resulting local cohomology and local homology theories coincide with functors previously studied by Hovey and Strickland. Furthermore, our framework applies to global and local stable homotopy theory, in a way which is compatible with the algebraic avatars of these theories. In order to aid computability, we provide spectral sequences relating the algebraic and topological local duality contexts.

Algebraic chromatic homotopy theory for \( BP_*BP \)-comodules. - with Tobias Barthel. Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society (arXiv link).

In this paper, we study the global structure of an algebraic avatar of the derived category of ind-coherent sheaves on the moduli stack of formal groups. In analogy with the stable homotopy category, we prove a version of the nilpotence theorem as well as the chromatic convergence theorem, and construct a generalized chromatic spectral sequence. Furthermore, we discuss analogs of the telescope conjecture and chromatic splitting conjecture in this setting, using the local duality techniques established earlier in joint work with Valenzuela.

The algebraic chromatic splitting conjecture for Noetherian commutative ring spectra - with Tobias Barthel and Gabriel Valenzula. Math. Z. (arXiv link).

We formulate a version of Hopkins' chromatic splitting conjecture for an arbitrary structured ring spectrum \(R\), and prove it whenever \( \pi_*R \) is Noetherian. As an application, these results provide a new local-to-global principle in the modular representation theory of finite groups.

Vanishing lines for modules over the motivic Steenrod algebra - with Achim Krause. New York Journal of Mathematics (arXiv link).

We study criteria for freeness and for the existence of a vanishing line for modules over certain sub-Hopf algebras of the motivic Steenrod algebra over \(\mathop{Spec}(\mathbb{C})\) at the prime 2. These turn out to be determined by the vanishing of certain Margolis homology groups in the quotient Hopf algebra \( \mathcal{A}/\tau \).

Local duality for structured ring spectra - with Tobias Barthel and Gabriel Valenzula. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra (arXiv link).

We use the abstract framework constructed in our earlier paper to study local duality for Noetherian \( \mathbb{E}_{\infty} \)-ring spectra. In particular, we compute the local cohomology of relative dualizing modules for finite morphisms of ring spectra, thereby generalizing the local duality theorem of Benson and Greenlees. We then explain how our results apply to the modular representation theory of compact Lie groups and finite group schemes, which recovers the theory previously developed by Benson, Iyengar, Krause, and Pevtsova.

Picard groups of higher real \(K\)-theory spectra at height \( n=p-1 \) - with Akhil Mathew and Vesna Stojanoska. Compositio Mathematica (arXiv link).

Using the descent spectral sequence for a Galois extension of ring spectra, we compute the Picard group of the higher real \( K \)-theory spectra of Hopkins and Miller at height \( n=p-1 \). More generally, we determine the Picard groups of the homotopy fixed points spectra \( E_n^{hG}\), where \(E_n\) is Lubin-Tate \(E\)-theory at the prime \( p \) and height \(n=p-1\), and \(G\) is any finite subgroup of the extended Morava stabilizer group. We find that these Picard groups are always cyclic, generated by the suspension.

The \( E_2 \)-term of the \( K(n) \)-local \( E_n \) Adams spectral sequence - with Tobias Barthel. Topology and its Applications (arXiv link).

In previous work Devinatz and Hopkins introduced the \(K(n)\)-local \(E_n\)-based Adams spectral sequence and showed that, under certain conditions, the \(E_2\)-term of this spectral sequence can be identified with (continuous) group cohomology. We work with the category of \(L\)-complete \(E^\vee_* E\)-comodules, and show that the \(E_2\)-term of the above spectral sequence can be computed by a relative \(\ \text{Ext}\) functor in this category. We give suitable conditions for when we can identify this \(\ \text{Ext}\) group with continuous group cohomology.

\( K \)-theory reality and duality - with Vesna Stojanoska. Journal of \( K \)-theory (arXiv link).

We present a new proof of Anderson's result that the real \(K\)-theory spectrum is Anderson self-dual up to a fourfold suspension shift; more strongly, we show that the Anderson dual of the complex \(K\)-theory spectrum \(KU\) is \(C_2\)-equivariantly equivalent to \(\Sigma^4 KU\), where \(C_2\) acts by complex conjugation. We give an algebro-geometric interpretation of this result in spectrally derived algebraic geometry and apply the result to calculate 2-primary Gross-Hopkins duality at height 1. From the latter we obtain a new computation of the group of exotic elements of the \(K(1)\)-local Picard group.

Preprints

Rational local systems and connected finite loop spaces.

Greenlees has conjectured that the rational stable equivariant homotopy category of a compact Lie group always has an algebraic model. Based on this idea, we show that the category of rational local systems on a connected finite loop space always has a simple algebraic model. When the loop space arises from a connected compact Lie group, this recovers a special case of a result of Pol and Williamson about rational cofree \(G\)-spectra. More generally, we show that if \(K\) is a closed subgroup of a compact Lie group \(G\) such that the Weyl group \(W_GK\) is connected, then a certain category of rational \(G\)-spectra `at \(K\)' has an algebraic model. For example, when \(K\) is the trivial group, this is just the category of rational cofree \(G\)-spectra, and this recovers the aforementioned result. Throughout, we pay careful attention to the role of torsion and complete categories.

On conjectures of Hovey–Strickland and Chai - with Tobias Barthel, and Niko Naumann.

We prove the height two case of a conjecture of Hovey and Strickland that provides a \(K(n)\)-local analogue of the Hopkins–Smith thick subcategory theorem. Our approach first reduces the general conjecture to a problem in arithmetic geometry posed by Chai. We then use the Gross &ndash Hopkins period map to verify Chai's Hope at height two and all primes. Along the way, we show that the graded commutative ring of completed cooperations for Morava \(E\)-theory is coherent, and that every finitely generated Morava module can be realized by a \(K(n)\)-local spectrum as long as \(2p-2>n^2+n\). Finally, we deduce consequences of our results for descent of Balmer spectra.

The topological nilpotence degree of a Noetherian unstable algebra

We investigate the topological nilpotence degree, in the sense of Henn--Lannes--Schwartz, of a connected Noetherian unstable algebra \(R\). When \(R\) is the mod \(p\) cohomology ring of a compact Lie group, Kuhn showed how this invariant is controlled by centralizers of elementary abelian \(p\)-subgroups. By replacing centralizers of elementary abelian \(p\)-subgroups with components of Lannes' \(T\)-functor, and utilizing the techniques of unstable algebras over the Steenrod algebra, we are able to generalize Kuhn's result to more general classes of groups, such as groups of finite virtual cohomological dimension, profinite groups, and Kac--Moody groups. In fact, our results apply much more generally, for example, we establish results for \(2\)-local compact groups in the sense of Broto--Levi--Oliver, for connected \(H\)-spaces with Noetherian mod \(2\) cohomology, and for the Borel equivariant cohomology of a compact Lie group acting on a manifold at the prime 2. Along the way we establish several results of independent interest. For example, we formulate and prove a version of Carlson's depth conjecture in the case of a Noetherian unstable algebra of minimal depth.

On stratification for spaces with Noetherian mod \(p\) cohomology - with Tobias Barthel, Natalia Castellana, and Gabriel Valenzuela.

Let \(X\) be a topological space with Noetherian mod p cohomology and let \(C^*(X;\mathbb{F}_p)\) be the commutative ring spectrum of \(\mathbb{F}_p\)-valued cochains on \(X\). The goal of this paper is to exhibit conditions under which the category of module spectra on \(C^*(X;\mathbb{F}_p)\) is stratified in the sense of Benson, Iyengar, Krause, providing a classification of all its localizing subcategories. We establish stratification in this sense for classifying spaces of a large class of topological groups including Kac--Moody groups as well as whenever \(X\) admits an \(H\)-space structure. More generally, using Lannes' theory we prove that stratification for \(X\) is equivalent to a condition that generalizes Chouinard's theorem for finite groups. In particular, this relates the generalized telescope conjecture in this setting to a question in unstable homotopy theory.

The Tate cohomology of the higher real \( K \)-theories at height \( n = p-1 \).

Let \(E_n\) be Morava \(E\)-theory and let \(G \subset \mathbb{G}_n\) be a finite subgroup of \( \mathbb{G}_n\), the extended Morava stabilizer group. Let \( E_{n}^{tG} \) be the Tate spectrum, defined as the cofiber of the norm map \( N:(E_n)_{hG} \to E_n^{hG}\). We use the Tate spectral sequence to calculate \(\pi_*E_{p-1}^{tG}\) for \( G \) a maximal finite \( p\)-subgroup. We show that \(E_{p-1}^{tG} \simeq \ast\) and so the norm map gives equivalence between homotopy fixed points and homotopy orbit spectra. Our methods also give a calculation of \(\pi_*E_{p-1}^{hG}\), which is a folklore calculation of Hopkins and Miller.