A Riemannian geometry look at contact geometry

Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, February 4, 2011 - 14:00
2 hours
Skiles 269
Ga Tech
This will be the first of a two part lecture series investigating questions in contact geometry from the perspective of Riemannian geometry. Interesting questions in Riemannian geometry arising from contact geometry have a long and rich history, but there have been few applications of Riemannian geometry to contact topology. In these talks I will discuss basic connections between Riemannian and contact geometry and some applications of these connections. I will also discuss the "contact sphere theorem" that Rafal Komendarczyk, Patrick Massot and I recently proved as well as other results.