Geodesics in the complex of curves with small intersection

Series: 
Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 14:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 006
,  
Georgia Institute of Technology
Organizer: 
In joint work with Joan Birman and Bill Menasco, we describe a new finite set of geodesics connecting two given vertices of the curve complex.  As an application, we give an effective algorithm for distance in the curve complex.