I like to think about various topics in homotopy theory and higher algebra. My email address is dwilson@math.harvard.edu.
Here is a list of papers:
Real topological Hochschild homology and the Segal conjecture. November 2019. With Jeremy Hahn.
We give a new proof, independent of Lin’s theorem, of the Segal conjecture for the cyclic group of order two. The key input is a calculation, as a Hopf algebroid, of the Real topological Hochschild homology of F_2. This determines the E2-page of the descent spectral sequence for the map from NF_2 to F_2, where NF_2 is the C2-equivariant Hill–Hopkins–Ravenel norm of F_2. The E2-page represents a new upper bound on the RO(C_2)-graded homotopy of NF_2, from which the Segal conjecture is an immediate corollary.
C2-Equivariant Homology Operations: Results and Formulas. April 2019.
In this note we state corrected and expanded versions of our previous results on power operations for C2-equivariant Bredon homology with coefficients in the constant Mackey functor with mod 2 coefficients. In particular, we give a version of the Adem relations. The proofs rely on certain results in equivariant higher algebra which we will supply in a longer version of this paper.
Mod 2 power operations revisited. April 2019.
In this mostly expository note we take advantage of homotopical and algebraic advances to give a modern account of power operations on the mod 2 homology of commutative ring spectra. The main advance is a quick proof of the Adem relations utilizing the Tate-valued Frobenius as a homotopical incarnation of the total power operation. We also give a streamlined derivation of the action of power operations on the dual Steenrod algebra.
Quotients of even rings. Sep. 2018. With Jeremy Hahn.
We prove that if R is an E2-ring with homotopy concentrated in even degrees, and {xj} is a sequence of elements in even degrees, then R/(x1, ...) admits the structure of an E1-R-algebra. This removes an assumption, common in the literature, that {xj} be a regular sequence.
Eilenberg-MacLane spectra as equivariant Thom spectra. Apr. 2018. With Jeremy Hahn.
We prove that the G-equivariant mod p Eilenberg--MacLane spectrum arises as an equivariant Thom spectrum for any finite, p-power cyclic group G, generalizing a result of Behrens and the second author in the case of the group C2. We also establish a construction of HZ(p), and prove intermediate results that may be of independent interest. Highlights include an interesting action on quaternionic projective space, and an analysis of the extent to which the non-equivariant HFp arises as the Thom spectrum of a more than double loop map.
On categories of slices. Nov. 2017.
In this paper we give an algebraic description of the category of n-slices for an arbitrary group G, in the sense of Hill-Hopkins-Ravenel. Specifically, given a finite group G and an integer n, we construct an explicit G-spectrum W (called an isotropic slice n-sphere) with the following properties: (i) the n-slice of a G-spectrum X is equivalent to the data of a certain quotient of the Mackey functor [W, X] as a module over the endomorphism Green functor [W,W]; (ii) the category of n-slices is equivalent to the full subcategory of right modules over [W,W] for which a certain restriction map is injective. We use this theorem to recover the known results on categories of slices to date, and exhibit the utility of our description in several new examples. We go further and show that the Green functors [W,W] for certain slice n-spheres have a special property (they are geometrically split) which reduces the amount of data necessary to specify a [W,W]-module. This step is purely algebraic and may be of independent interest.
A C2-equivariant analog of Mahowald's Thom spectrum theorem. (arXiv link). Jul. 2017. With Mark Behrens. Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society.
We prove that the C2-equivariant Eilenberg-MacLane spectrum associated with the constant Mackey functor F2 is equivalent to a Thom spectrum over ΩρSρ+1.

Older papers, superseded or awaiting revision:
Power operations for HF2 and a cellular construction of BPR. Nov. 2016.
We develop a bit of the theory of power operations for C2-equivariant homology with constant coefficients at F2. In particular, we construct RO(C2)-graded Dyer-Lashof operations and study their action on an equivariant dual Steenrod algebra. As an application, we give a cellular construction of BPR, after Priddy. We study some power operations for ordinary C2-equivariant homology with coefficients in the constant Mackey functor at F2. In addition to a few foundational results, we calculate the action of these power operations on a C2-equivariant dual Steenrod algebra. As an application, we give a cellular construction of the C2-spectrum BPR and deduce its slice tower.
Orientations and Topological Modular Forms with Level Structure. Jul. 2015.
Using the methods of Ando-Hopkins-Rezk, we describe the characteristic series arising from E-genera valued in topological modular forms with level structure. We give examples of such series for tmf0(N) and show that the Ochanine genus comes from an E-ring map. We also show that, away from 6, certain tmf orientations of MString descend to orientations of MSpin.