Geometry and Topology Seminar 2019-2020

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The Geometry and Topology seminar meets in room 901 of Van Vleck Hall on Fridays from 1:20pm - 2:10pm.
For more information, contact Richard Kent.


Fall 2013

date speaker title host(s)
September 6
September 13, 10:00 AM in 901! Alex Zupan (Texas) Totally geodesic subgraphs of the pants graph Kent
September 20
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18 Jayadev Athreya (Illinois) Gap Distributions and Homogeneous Dynamics Kent
October 25
November 1 Anton Lukyanenko (Illinois) TBA Dymarz
November 8 Neil Hoffman (Melbourne) Verified computations for hyperbolic 3-manifolds Kent
November 15
November 22
Thanksgiving Recess
December 6
December 13

Fall Abstracts

Alex Zupan (Texas)

Totally geodesic subgraphs of the pants graph

Abstract: For a compact surface S, the associated pants graph P(S) consists of vertices corresponding to pants decompositions of S and edges corresponding to elementary moves between pants decompositions. Motivated by the Weil-Petersson geometry of Teichmüller space, Aramayona, Parlier, and Shackleton conjecture that the full subgraph G of P(S) determined by fixing a multicurve is totally geodesic in P(S). We resolve this conjecture in the case that G is a product of Farey graphs. This is joint work with Sam Taylor.

Jayadev Athreya (Illinois)

Gap Distributions and Homogeneous Dynamics

Abstract: We discuss the notion of gap distributions of various lists of numbers in [0, 1], in particular focusing on those which are associated to certain low-dimensional dynamical systems. We show how to explicitly compute some examples using techniques of homogeneous dynamics, generalizing earlier work on gaps between Farey Fractions. This works gives some possible notions of `randomness' of special trajectories of billiards in polygons, and is based partly on joint works with J. Chaika, J. Chaika and S. Lelievre, and with Y.Cheung. This talk may also be of interest to number theorists.

Neil Hoffman (Melbourne)

Verified computations for hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Abstract: Given a triangulated 3-manifold M a natural question is: Does M admit a hyperbolic structure?

While this question can be answered in the negative if M is known to be reducible or toroidal, it is often difficult to establish a certificate of hyperbolicity, and so computer methods have developed for this purpose. In this talk, I will describe a new method to establish such a certificate via verified computation and compare the method to existing techniques.

This is joint work with Kazuhiro Ichihara, Masahide Kashiwagi, Hidetoshi Masai, Shin'ichi Oishi, and Akitoshi Takayasu.

Spring 2014

date speaker title host(s)
January 24
January 31
February 7
February 14
February 21
February 28
March 7
March 14
Spring Break
March 28
April 4 Matthew Kahle (Ohio) TBA Dymarz
April 11
April 18
April 25
May 2
May 9

Spring Abstracts

Archive of past Geometry seminars

2012-2013: Geometry_and_Topology_Seminar_2012-2013

2011-2012: Geometry_and_Topology_Seminar_2011-2012

2010: Fall-2010-Geometry-Topology