Positivity of monodromies of open book decompositions

Series: 
Geometry Topology Seminar
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 15:30
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 171
,  
Berkeley and Max Planck Institute
Organizer: 
I will describe some results concerning factorizations ofdiffeomorphisms of compact surfaces with boundary. In particular, Iwill describe a refinement of the well-known \emph{right-veering}property, and discuss some applications to the problem ofcharacterization of geometric properties of contact structures interms of monodromies of supporting open book decompositions.