Michael Jerome Hopkins is a mathematician at Harvard University. He got his PhD from Northwestern University in 1984, advised by Mark Mahowald.
Hopkins is a world leading researcher in algebraic topology and (stable-)homotopy theory.
Among his notable achievements are his work on the Ravenel conjectures, the introduction and discussion of the generalized cohomology theory tmf and its string orientation, a formalization and construction of differential cohomology, the proof of the Kervaire invariant problem. More recently via Jacob Lurie‘s work on the cobordism hypothesis Hopkins participates in work related to the foundations of quantum field theory.
Introducing generalized differential cohomology motivated by the M5-brane partition function:
On topological quantum field theory:
On ambidextrous adjunctions in stable homotopy theory
Introducing the nilpotence theorem in stable homotopy theory:
Ethan Devinatz, Michael Hopkins, Jeffrey Smith, Nilpotence and Stable Homotopy Theory I, Annals of Mathematics Second Series, Vol. 128, No. 2 (Sep., 1988), pp. 207-241 (jstor:1971440)
Ethan Devinatz, Michael Hopkins, Jeffrey Smith, Nilpotence and Stable Homotopy Theory II, Annals of Mathematics Second Series, Vol. 148, No. 1 (Jul., 1998), pp. 1-49 (jstor:120991)
On the Conner-Floyd isomorphism for the Atiyah-Bott-Shapiro orientation of KU and KO (cobordism theory determining homology theory):
On elliptic genera, the Witten genus and the string orientation of tmf:
Matthew Ando, Michael Hopkins, Neil Strickland, Elliptic spectra, the Witten genus and the theorem of the cube, Invent. Math. 146 (2001) 595–687 MR1869850 (doi:10.1007/s002220100175, pdf)
Matthew Ando, Michael Hopkins, Neil Strickland, The sigma orientation is an H-infinity map, American Journal of Mathematics Vol. 126, No. 2 (Apr., 2004), pp. 247-334 (arXiv:math/0204053, doi:10.1353/ajm.2004.0008)
The construction of tmf was originally announced, as joint work with Mark Mahowald and Haynes Miller, in
(There the spectrum was still called “$eo_2$” instead of “$tmf$”.) The details of the definition then appeared in
On stacks and complex oriented cohomology theory:
On twisted equivariant K-theory with an eye towards twisted ad-equivariant K-theory:
On twisted ad-equivariant K-theory of compact Lie groups and the identification with the Verlinde ring of positive energy representations of their loop group:
Daniel S. Freed, Michael Hopkins, Constantin Teleman,
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory I,
J. Topology, 4 (2011), 737-789
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory II,
J. Amer. Math. Soc. 26 (2013), 595-644
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory III,
Annals of Mathematics, Volume 174 (2011) 947-1007
On ∞-groups of units, Thom spectra and twisted generalized cohomology:
Matthew Ando, Andrew Blumberg, David Gepner, Michael Hopkins, Charles Rezk, Units of ring spectra and Thom spectra (arXiv:0810.4535)
Matthew Ando, Andrew Blumberg, David Gepner, Michael Hopkins, Charles Rezk, Units of ring spectra, orientations, and Thom spectra via rigid infinite loop space theory, Journal of Topology, Volume7, Issue 4, December 2014 (arXiv:1403.4320, arXiv:10.1112/jtopol/jtu009)
Matthew Ando, Andrew Blumberg, David Gepner, Michael Hopkins, Charles Rezk, An $\infty$-categorical approach to $R$-line bundles, $R$-module Thom spectra, and twisted $R$-homology, Journal of Topology Volume 7, Issue 3 2014 Pages 869–893 (arXiv:1403.4325, doi:10.1112/jtopol/jtt035)
Solving the Arf-Kervaire invariant problem with methods of equivariant stable homotopy theory:
Michael Hill, Michael Hopkins, Douglas Ravenel, Equivariant Stable Homotopy Theory and the Kervaire Invariant Problem, New Mathematical Monographs, Cambridge University Press (2021) [doi:10.1017/9781108917278]
Michael Hill, Michael Hopkins, Douglas Ravenel, On the non-existence of elements of Kervaire invariant one, Annals of Mathematics 184 1 (2016)[doi:10.4007/annals.2016.184.1.1, arXiv:0908.3724, talk slides]
Michael Hill, Michael Hopkins, Douglas Ravenel, The Arf-Kervaire problem in algebraic topology: Sketch of the proof, Current Developments in Mathematics, 2010: 1-44 (2011) (pdf, doi:10.4310/CDM.2010.v2010.n1.a1)
Michael Hill, Michael Hopkins, Douglas Ravenel, The Arf-Kervaire invariant problem in algebraic topology: introduction (2016) [pdf]
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