Lagrangian concordance and contact invariants in sutured Floer theories

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 14:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Boston College
In 2007, Honda, Kazez, and Matic defined an invariant of contact 3-manifolds with convex boundaries using sutured Heegaard Floer homology (SHF). Last year, Steven Sivek and I defined an analogous contact invariant using sutured Monopole Floer homology (SMF). In this talk, I will describe work with Sivek to prove that these two contact invariants are identified by an isomorphism relating the two sutured theories. This has several interesting consequences. First, it gives a proof of invariance for the contact invariant in SHF which does not rely on the relative Giroux correspondence between contact structures and open books (something whose proof has not yet been written down in full). Second, it gives a proof that the combinatorially computable invariants of Legendrian knots in Heegaard Floer homology can obstruct Lagrangian concordance.