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Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Hyunki Min ,
Georgia Tech ,
hmin38@gatech.edu ,
Organizer:

Understanding contact structures on
hyperbolic 3-manifolds is one of the major open problems in the area of contact
topology. As a first step, we try to classify tight contact structures on a specific hyperbolic 3-manifold. In this talk, we will review the previous classification
results and classify tight contact structures on the Weeks manifold, which
has the smallest hyperbolic volume. Finally,
we will discuss how to generalize this method to classify tight contact structures
on some other hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

Friday, March 16, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Jen Hom ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Jennifer Hom

In this series of talks, we will study the relationship between the Alexander module and the bordered Floer homology of the Seifert surface complement. In particular, we will show that bordered Floer categorifies Donaldson's TQFT description of the Alexander module.

Friday, March 9, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Jen Hom ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Jennifer Hom

In this series of talks, we will study the relationship between the Alexander module and the bordered Floer homology of the Seifert surface complement. In particular, we will show that bordered Floer categorifies Donaldson's TQFT description of the Alexander module. This seminar will be an hour long to allow for the GT-MAP seminar at 3 pm.

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 14:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
Jen Hom ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: Jennifer Hom

In this series of talks, we will study the relationship between the Alexander module and the bordered Floer homology of the Seifert surface complement. In particular, we will show that bordered Floer categorifies Donaldson's TQFT description of the Alexander module. No prior knowledge of the Alexander module or Heegaard Floer homology will be assumed.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). This week we continue discussing branched covers of 3-manifolds and prove universal links exist.

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). This week we sstart discussing branched covers of 3-manifolds.

Friday, October 27, 2017 - 13:00 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

Notice the seminar is back to 1.5 hours this week.

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). This week we should be able to finish our discussion of branched covers of surfaces and transition to 3-manifolds.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

Note this talk is only 1 hour (to allow for the GT MAP seminar at 3.

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). This week we will continue studying branched covers of surfaces. Among other things we should be able to see how to use branched covers to see some relations in the mapping class group of surfaces.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 13:55 ,
Location: Skiles 006 ,
John Etnyre ,
Georgia Tech ,
Organizer: John Etnyre

In this series of talks I will introduce branched coverings of manifolds and sketch proofs of most the known results in low dimensions (such as every 3 manifold is a 3-fold branched cover over a knot in the 3-sphere and the existence of universal knots). Along the way several open problems will be discussed.