Introduction to Heegaard Floer Homology

Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 3:00pm for 2 hours
Skiles 169
Amey Kaloti – Georgia Tech
Meredith Casey

Please Note: This is a 2-hour talk.

Heegaard floer homology is an invariant of closed 3 manifolds defined by Peter Ozsvath and Zoltan Szabo. It has proven to be a very strong invariant of 3 manifolds with connections to contact topology. In these talks we will try to define the Heegaard Floer homology without assuming much background in low dimensional topology. One more goal is to present the combinatorial description for this theory.