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4:00 pm Monday, January 30, 2017 Topology Seminar: Invariants of Legendrian links
by Caitlin Leverson (Georgia Tech) in HBH 427

Given a plane field dz-ydx in R^3. A Legendrian knot is a knot which at every point is tangent to the plane at the point. One can similarly define a Legendrian knot in any contact 3-manifold (manifold with a plane field satisfying some conditions). In this talk, we will explore Legendrian knots in R^3, J^1(S^1), and #^k(S^1xS^2) as well as a few Legendrian knot invariants. We will also look at the relationships between a few of these knot invariants. No knowledge of Legendrian knots will be assumed.

Host Department: Rice University-Mathematics Submitted by dk27@rice.edu