- Dissertation Defense
- Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
- Skiles 006
- James Conway – Georgia Tech
This thesis studies the effect of transverse surgery on open books, the Heegaard Floer contact invariant, and tightness. We show that surgery on the connected binding of a genus g open book that supports a tight contact structure preserves tightness if the surgery coefficient is greater than 2g-1. We also give criteria for when positive contact surgery on Legendrian knots will result in an overtwisted manifold.