Riemannian geometry and contact topology II

Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, March 15, 2024 - 2:00pm for 2 hours
Skiles 006
John Etnyre – Georgia Tech
John Etnyre

This series of talks will discuss connections between Riemannian geometry and contact topology. Both structures have deep connections to the topology of 3-manifolds, but there has been little study of the interactions between them (at least the implications in contact topology). We will see that there are interesting connections between curvature and properties of contact structures. The talks will give a brief review of both Riemannian geometry and contact topology and then discuss various was one might try to connect them. There will be many open problems discussed (probably later in the series).