Prof. Dr. Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer

E-mail: boedigheimer(at)
Phone: +49 228 73 7794
Fax: +49 228 73 62249
Room: 4.013
Location: Mathematics Center
Institute: Bonn International Graduate School - BIGS
Mathematical Institute
Research Areas: Research Area F*
Research Area C (until 10/2012)
Former Research Area E
Birthdate: 12.Oct 1956
Mathscinet-Number: 38465

Academic Career


Diploma, University of Heidelberg


Master-of-Science, Oxford University, England, UK

1982 - 1984

Graduate studies, University of Heidelberg


PhD, University of Heidelberg

1984 - 1985

Postdoc, University of Göttingen

1985 - 1991

Assistant Professor (C1), University of Göttingen


Habilitation, University of Göttingen

1991 - 1992

Visiting Assistant Professor, Johns-Hopkins-University, Baltimore, MD, USA

1992 - 1993

Heisenberg grant

1992 - 1993

Guest at Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton University, NJ, USA

Since 1993

Professor (C3), University of Bonn

Research Profile

My research interests are centered around the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. The surfaces have always (a) at least one boundary curve, or (b) have their boundary curves partitioned into at least one incoming and at least one outgoing curve. These moduli spaces are manifolds and classifying spaces of the corresponding mapping class groups; in case (b) they are spaces of bordisms and are therefore important for string topology and topological field theories. We have developed the theses moduli spaces simplicial models (up to homeomorphism), built out of strata of classifying spaces of symmetric groups. Furthermore, there is an operad structure of the little-2-cube operads and a plentitude of further homology operations. Using these operations we could describe the integral homology and its generators in case (a) for genus 2.

In the future we want to extend this description of the integral homology and its generators for g=3 and to the case (b). This should lead to connections with Sullivan diagrams used in string topology.
A second project is the description of the Mumford-Miller-Morita classes in the concrete models mentioned above.
A third project concerns the generalisation of such a description of the homology to moduli spaces of bundles over surfaces; so this, the symmetric groups need to be replaced by Coxeter groups.

Research Projects and Activities

Bonn International Graduate School in Mathematics
Director, 2001 - 2008

DFG Research Training Group GRK 1150 “Homotopy and Cohomology”
Coordinator, 2005 - 2008 and 2009 - 2014

Contribution to Research Areas

Research Area C (until 10/2012)
We described the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with in-coming and out-going boundary as a configuration space, see [1]. These surfaces and their moduli spaces occur in String theory and the cobordism categories of the Tillmann-Madsen-Weis theory.
Former Research Area E
A long-running project aims at the computation of homology of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with boundary. For small genus g=2 the computations are complete (see [2]) and for g=3 almost complete. In these cases the moduli spaces are ge classifying spaces of the corresponding mapping class group. Using the same methods (namely a cell decomposition) we have also computed homology groups of mapping class groups of non-orientable surfaces.
Research Area F*

Selected Publications

[1] C.-F. Bödigheimer
Configuration models for moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces with boundary
Abh. Math. Sem. Univ. Hamburg , 76: : 191--233
ISSN: 0025-5858
DOI: 10.1007/BF02960865
[2] Jochen Abhau, Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer, Ralf Ehrenfried
Homology of the mapping class group \Gamma2,1 for surfaces of genus 2 with a boundary curve
The Zieschang Gedenkschrift
of Geom. Topol. Monogr. : 1--25
Publisher: Geom. Topol. Publ., Coventry
DOI: 10.2140/gtm.2008.14.1
[3] Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer, Ulrike Tillmann
Stripping and splitting decorated mapping class groups
Cohomological methods in homotopy theory (Bellaterra, 1998)
of Progr. Math. : 47--57
Publisher: Birkhäuser, Basel
[4] C.-F. Bödigheimer, F. R. Cohen, M. D. Peim
Mapping class groups and function spaces
Homotopy methods in algebraic topology (Boulder, CO, 1999)
of Contemp. Math. : 17--39
Publisher: Amer. Math. Soc., Providence, RI
DOI: 10.1090/conm/271/04348
[5] C.-F. Bödigheimer, F. R. Cohen, R. J. Milgram
Truncated symmetric products and configuration spaces
Math. Z. , 214: (2): 179--216
ISSN: 0025-5874
DOI: 10.1007/BF02572399
[6] C.-F. Bödigheimer, F. Cohen, L. Taylor
On the homology of configuration spaces
Topology , 28: (1): 111--123
ISSN: 0040-9383
DOI: 10.1016/0040-9383(89)90035-9
[7] C.-F. Bödigheimer, I. Madsen
Homotopy quotients of mapping spaces and their stable splitting
Quart. J. Math. Oxford Ser. (2) , 39: (156): 401--409
ISSN: 0033-5606
DOI: 10.1093/qmath/39.4.401
[8] C.-F. Bödigheimer
Stable splittings of mapping spaces
Algebraic topology (Seattle, Wash., 1985)
of Lecture Notes in Math. : 174--187
Publisher: Springer, Berlin
DOI: 10.1007/BFb0078741
[9] C.-F. Bödigheimer
Splitting the Künneth sequence in K-theory. II
Math. Ann. , 251: (3): 249--252
ISSN: 0025-5831
DOI: 10.1007/BF01428944
[10] Carl-Friedrich Bödigheimer
Splitting the Künneth sequence in K-theory
Math. Ann. , 242: (2): 159--171
ISSN: 0025-5831
DOI: 10.1007/BF01420413

Publication List


Ulrike Tillmann (1995), now Professor, University of Oxford, England, UK

Selected PhD students

Michael Eisermann (2000): “Knotengruppen-Darstellungen und Invarianten von endlichem Typ”,
now Professor, University of Stuttgart

Birgit Richter (2000): “Taylorapproximationen und kubische Konstruktionen von Gamma-Moduln”,
now Professor, University of Hamburg

Johannes Ebert (2006): “Characteristic Classes of Spin Surface Bundles: Applications of the Madsen-Weiss Theory”,
now Professor, University of Münster

Supervised Theses

  • Master theses: 6
  • Diplom theses: 44
  • PhD theses: 16, currently 2
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