Topology Seminar

Jesus Rodriguez-Viorato
"Contact structures and Universal Links"

In 1982 William Thurston showed the existence of a universal link; every 3-manifold is a branched covered over the 3-sphere with branching set that link. A similar phenomenon has been found in the context of contact manifolds, but now the link is required to be a transverse link (See [1]). We are going to discuss the main ideas of the proof and all the concepts required to understand the principal result. 

[1] Casals, R., Etnyre, J.~B.\ 2017, arXiv:1712.09968 TRANSVERSE UNIVERSAL LINKS

Event Date: 
February 8, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
105 MLH
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