School Seminars and Colloquia

Contact structures and right-veering homeomorphisms of surfaces

Geometry/Topology Seminar

by Professor Will Kazez


Institution: University of Georgia (USA)
Date: Mon 11th July 2005
Time: 2:15 PM
Location: Theatre 1, Old Geology building, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: This talk is joint work with Ko Honda and Gordana Matic.
A contact structure is a non-integrable family of two planes.
Giroux has greatly generalized the classfical fact that every
closed 3-manifold contains a fibred knot by showing that such
a fibring may be chosen to be compatible with the contact
structure. Not only that, but the fibring is unique, up to
a "positive stabilization". Our work is focussed on
understanding the holonomy of maps corresponding to tight
contact structures. This leads to questions in the classical
theory of autormorphisms of surfaces. The talk will be
pretty much self-contained.

For More Information: Craig Hodgson tel: 8344-5553 email: C.Hodgson@ms.unimelb.edu.au