Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Dynamics and Topology of Contact 3-Manifolds with negative $\alpha$-Sectional Curvature: Lecture 3

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Surena HozooriGeorgia Institute of Technology
In this series of (3-5) lectures, I will talk about different aspects of a class of contact 3-manifolds for which geometry, dynamics and topology interact subtly and beautifully. The talks are intended to include short surveys on "compatibility", "Anosovity" and "Conley-Zehnder indices". The goal is to use the theory of Contact Dynamics to show that conformally Anosov contact 3-manifolds (in particular, contact 3-manifolds with negative α-sectional curvature) are universally tight, irrducible and do not admit a Liouville cobordism to tight 3-sphere.

Dynamics and Topology of Contact 3-Manifolds with negative $\alpha$-Sectional Curvature: Lecture 2

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Surena HozooriGeorgia Institute of Technology
In this series of (3-5) lectures, I will talk about different aspects of a class of contact 3-manifolds for which geometry, dynamics and topology interact subtly and beautifully. The talks are intended to include short surveys on "compatibility", "Anosovity" and "Conley-Zehnder indices". The goal is to use the theory of Contact Dynamics to show that conformally Anosov contact 3-manifolds (in particular, contact 3-manifolds with negative α-sectional curvature) are universally tight, irrducible and do not admit a Liouville cobordism to tight 3-sphere.

Dynamics and Topology of Contact 3-Manifolds with negative $\alpha$-Sectional Curvature: Lecture 1

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Surena HozooriGeorgia Institute of Technology
In this series of (3-5) lectures, I will talk about different aspects of a class of contact 3-manifolds for which geometry, dynamics and topology interact subtly and beautifully. The talks are intended to include short surveys on "compatibility", "Anosovity" and "Conley-Zehnder indices". The goal is to use the theory of Contact Dynamics to show that conformally Anosov contact 3-manifolds (in particular, contact 3-manifolds with negative $\alpha$-sectional curvature) are universally tight, irrducible and do not admit a Liouville cobordism to tight 3-sphere.

Some well disguised ribbon knots

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Agniva RoyGeorgia Tech

The talk will discuss a paper by Gompf and Miyazaki of the same name. This paper introduces the notion of dualisable patterns, a technique which is widely used in knot theory to produce knots with similar properties. The primary objective of the paper is to first find a knot which is not obviously ribbon, and then show that it is. It then goes on to construct a related knot which is not ribbon. The talk will be aimed at trying to unwrap the basic definitions and techniques used in this paper, without going too much into the heavy technical details.

The Converse Of The Archimedean Property of the Sphere and Related Results in Convex Geometry and Measure Theory

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Sidhanth RamanGeorgia Tech
The Archimedes Hatbox Theorem is a wonderful little theorem about the sphere and a circumscribed cylinder having the same surface area, but the sphere can potentially still be characterized by inverting the statement. There shall be a discussion of approaches to prove the claim so far, and a review of a weaker inversion of the Hatbox Theorem by Herbert Knothe and discussion of a related problem in measure theory that would imply the spheres uniqueness in this property.

Existence of contact structures in 3-manifolds

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Hyunki MinGeorgia Tech
Unlike symplectic structures in 4-manioflds, contact structures are abundant in 3-dimension. Martinet showed that there exists a contact structure on any closed oriented 3-manifold. After that Lutz showed that there exist a contact structure in each homotopy class of plane fields. In this talk, we will review the theorems of Lutz and Martinet.

Boothby Wang Fibrations, K-Contact Structures and Regularity

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Surena HozooriGeorgia Institute of Technology
Boothby Wang fibrations are historically important examples of contact manifolds and it turns out that we can equip these contact manifolds with extra structures, namely K-contact structures. Based on the study of the relation of these examples and the regularity properties of the corresponding Reeb vector fields, works of Boothby, Wang, Thomas and Rukimbira gives a classification of K-contact structures.

Introduction to h-principle

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Sudipta KolayGeorgia Tech
This talk will be an introduction to the homotopy principle (h-principle). We will discuss several examples. No prior knowledge about h-principle will be assumed.

A1-enumerative geometry

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Stephen MckeanGaTech
Many problems in algebraic geometry involve counting solutions to geometric problems. The number of intersection points of two projective planar curves and the number of lines on a cubic surface are two classical problems in this enumerative geometry. Using A1-homotopy theory, one can gain new insights to old enumerative problems. We will outline some results in A1-enumerative geometry, including the speaker’s current work on Bézout’s Theorem.

A discussion about the smooth Schoenflies' conjecture

Series
Geometry Topology Student Seminar
Time
Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 14:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 006
Speaker
Agniva RoyGeorgia Tech
The Schoenflies' conjecture proposes the following: An embedding of the n-sphere in the (n+1)-sphere bounds a standard (n+1)-ball. For n=1, this is the well known Jordan curve theorem. Depending on the type of embeddings, one has smooth and topological versions of the conjecture. The topological version was settled in 1960 by Brown. In the smooth setting, the answer is known to be yes for all dimensions other than 4, where apart from one special case, nothing is known. The talk will review the question and attempt to describe some of the techniques that have been used in low dimensions, especially in the special case, that was worked out by Scharlemann in the 1980s. There are interesting connections to the smooth 4-dimensional Poincare conjecture that will be mentioned, time permitting. The talk is aimed to be expository and not technical.

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