Knots in overtwisted contact structures

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 2:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 114
Ga Tech
The study of Legendrian and transversal knots has been an essential part of contact topology for quite some time now, but until recently their study in overtwisted contact structures has been virtually ignored. In the past few years that has changed. I will review what is know about such knots and discuss recent work on the "geography" and "botany" problem.