Transverse knots and contact structures

Series: 
Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, February 16, 2009 - 13:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 269
,  
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
Organizer: 
I will discuss a couple of applications of transverse knot theory to the classification of contact structures and braid theory. In particular I will make the statement "transverse knots classify contact structures" precise and then prove it (if we have time). I will also discuss how progress on two of Orevkov's questions concerning quasi-positive knots that have implications for Hilbert's 16th problem.