Title: Holomorphic disks and low-dimensional topology
Speaker: Professor Peter Ozsvath
Speaker Info: Princeton University
Brief Description:
Special Note:

I will discuss recent work with Zoltan Szabo, in which we use techniques from symplectic geometry -- holomorphic disks, and Lagrangian Floer homology -- to construct topological invariants for three- and four-dimensional manifolds. These invariants yield many of the results which have preveiously been proved using their gauge-theoretic predecessors (Donaldson-Floer and Seiberg-Witten theory), though the new invariants are constructed using more topological and combinatorial input, rendering them easier to calculate. Moreover, they also have applications to classical topological questions which have not been addressed by gauge theory, including the problem of representing lens spaces as surgeries on knots in the three-sphere. In my talk, I will focus on these new applications.
Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Prof. Paul Goerss
Contact email: pgoerss@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-8544
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