Bjørn Jahren: Unstable, unparametrized h-cobordisms
The classical s-cobordism theorem classifies completely h-cobordisms from a fixed manifold, but it does not tell us much about the relationship between the two ends. In the talk I will present some old and new results about this. I will also discuss how this relates to a seemingly different problem: what can we say abobut two compact manifolds M and N if we know that MxR and NxR are diffeomorphic? This is joint work with Slawomir Kwasik, Tulane, and Jean-Claude Hausmann, Geneva.