A Riemannian geometry look at contact geometry

Series: 
Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 14:00
2 hours
Location: 
Skiles 269
,  
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
Organizer: 
This is part two of a 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.