**Monday 28 February 2022**

**15:00–16:30***

**Jacques Darné (UCLouvain)** — *Filtrations on the Mapping Class Group of the punctured sphere*

The Mapping Class Group of the n-punctured sphere (fixing a basepoint) classically identifies with the quotient B_{n}^{*} of the Artin braid group by its center. This group acts faithfully on the fundamental group of the the n-punctured sphere, which is free on n-1 generators. From this action, one can define a filtration of B_{n}^{*} by subgroups B_{n}^{*} ⊇ A_{1} ⊇ A_{2} ⊇ ⋯, which are the analogues of the Johnson kernels in this situation. It turns out that this filtration is exactly the lower central series of the corresponding pure mapping class group P_{n}^{*}, and that we understand fairly well the associated Lie algebra, using Milnor invariants adapted to these mapping classes. In this talk, I intend to explain these results, and to give you a taste of the techniques involved in their proofs.

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