Geodesics in the complex of curves with small intersection

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 2:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Georgia Institute of Technology
In joint work with Joan Birman and Bill Menasco, we describe a new finite set of geodesics connecting two given vertices of the curve complex.  As an application, we give an effective algorithm for distance in the curve complex.