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Wed Feb 5 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Mon Feb 2 ∙ 09:15 ∙ SR1 ∙

Wed Jan 29 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Wed Jan 15 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Wed Dec 17 ∙ 11:15 ∙

In the context of star-shaped domains in R

Wed Dec 4 ∙ 11:15 ∙

After a brief introduction to Engel structures, we will construct infinitely many non-isotopic transverse tori in Engel manifolds that are all smoothly isotopic.

Mon Dec 2, SR1 ∙ 09:15 ∙ SR1 ∙

We explore the topology of real Lagrangian submanifolds in S

Wed Nov 27 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Wed Nov 6 ∙ 11:15 ∙

I will show Barraud's contruction of the fundamental group of a monotone Lagrangian with big minimal Maslov number. This construction uses holomorphic curves. From the construction we will derive restrictions on the fundamental group of a Lagrangian cobordism. This talk is based on joint work with Jean-Francois Barraud.

Wed Oct 30 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Null-geodesics are used in general relativity to describe the motion of light in a Lorentzian spacetime. Inspired by Penrose's work on twistor theory, Low showed that the space of all null-geodesics, provided it is a smooth manifold, carries a natural contact structure. Moreover he observed that in the case of a globally hyperbolic spacetime the space of null-geodesics is always contactomorphic to a standard co-sphere bundle. After a short introduction to Lorentzian geometry I will show how this result can be generalised to certain non-globally hyperbolic spacetimes using Giroux's theory of convex surfaces and results from Chekanov, van Koert and Schlenk.

Wed Oct 16 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Wed July 24 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Define a relation between labeled ideal polygons in the hyperbolic 3-space by requiring that the complex distances (a combination of the distance and the angle) between their respective sides equal a constant c; the complex number c is a parameter of the relation. This defines a 1-parameter family of maps on the moduli space of ideal polygons in the hyperbolic space (or, in its real version, in the hyperbolic plane). I shall discuss complete integrability of this family of maps and related topics, including a continuous version of this relation.

Wed July 17 ∙ 16:00 In SRA ∙

Wrinkling (and, relatedly, surgery of singularities) is one of the main tools in the theory of h-principles. In Contact Topology, wrinkling is best known for its role in the study of legendrians: E. Murphy's h-principle for loose legendrians and D. Álvarez-Gavela's simplification of front singularities both rely on it. Just like the space of 1-jets of functions is endowed with a canonical contact structure, higher jet spaces are endowed with other canonical distributions. I will report on joint work with L. Toussaint in which we use wrinkling to construct submanifolds of jet spaces tangent to these canonical distributions (generalising thus the study of legendrians). I will pay particular attention to explaining how the contact case differs from the general setup.

Wed July 17 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Frieze patterns are interesting combinatorial objects introduced by Coxeter. Recently they have attracted much attention due to their relation with the theory of cluster algebras. I shall introduce frieze patterns and prove the theorem of Conway and Coxeter that relates arithmetical frieze patterns with triangulations of polygons. There is an intimate, and somewhat unexpected, relation between three object: frieze patterns, 2nd order linear difference equations, and polygons in the projective line. I shall describe some recent work on frieze patterns, including an interpretation of frieze patterns as a discretization of a coadjoint orbit of the Virasoro algebra.

Fri July 12 ∙ 15:30 ∙ Room INF205 ∙

Let M=M

Wed July 10 ∙ 11:15 ∙

Cf. Part I

Wed July 3 ∙ 11:15 ∙

By “elementary”, I do not mean Euclidean axiomatic high school geometry, nor do I mean that the results that I will discuss are expected or easy to obtain. I use this term to distinguish my topic from differential geometry. I shall present a sampler of recent results that, in most cases, were discovered as a result in computer experiments and were motivated by the theory of completely integrable systems. The topics include the circumcenter of mass of polygons, the locus of centroids of Poncelet polygons, billiards in ellipses and Ivory’s lemma, Poncelet grid, a theorem of Kasner and its generalizations, projective configuration theorems, and a variation on Steiner’s porism. I shall also describe four equivalent properties of completely integrable billiards.

Wed May 22 ∙ 11:00 ∙

TBA.

Wed May 29 ∙ 11:00 ∙

We introduce a simplification to the problem of finding a closed characteristic with minimal action on the boundary of a convex polytope in R

Wed Feb 6 ∙

Consider a compact symplectic manifold of dimension 2n which is acted on by a circle in a Hamiltonian way with isolated fixed points; we refer to it as a Hamiltonian S

[C] Charton, "Hamiltonian manifolds with high index". Master thesis. University of Cologne, 2017.

[GHS] Godinho, von Heymann, Sabatini "12, 24 and beyond ", Advances in Mathematics, 319 (2017), 472 - 521.

[S] Sabatini "On the Chern numbers and the Hilbert polynomial of an almost complex manifold with a circle action", Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, 19, No. 04 (2017).

Wed Dec 12 ∙

Adapting a construction of Viterbo, Abouzaid and Seidel defined a map V between the wrapped Floer homologies of two pairs (M,L)⊂(M',L') where M,M' are Liouville domains and L,L' suitable exact Lagrangians in M and M'. V is an isomorphims if M' is obtained by attaching a subcritical handle on M or a handle on a Legendrian that is loose in the complement of the boundary of L in M. I will talk about the construction of V and some consequences.

Wed Nov 21 ∙

As discovered by Hofer the moduli space of holomorphic discs is related to the question of periodic Reeb orbits. A surgery construction leads to a cobordism theory with amazing properties. Holomorphic discs in the upper boundary yield to statements about non-dense characteristics in the lower boundary.

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