A Categorification of the Burau Representation via Contact Geometry

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, December 1, 2008 - 14:30
2 hours
Skiles 269
University of South Carolina
We will begin with an overview of the Burau representation of the braid group. This will be followed by an introduction to a contact category on 3-manifolds, with a brief discussion of its relation to the braid group.