I will discuss recent joint work with Vinicius Gripp and Michael Hutchings relating the volume of any contact three-manifold to the length of certain finite sets of Reeb orbits. I will also explain why this result implies that any closed contact three-manifold has at least two embedded Reeb orbits.
Joint IAS-PU Symplectic Geometry Seminar
To apply the technique of virtual fundamental cycle (chain) in the study of pseudo-holomorphic curve, we need to construct certain structure, which we call Kuranishi strucuture, on its moduli space. In this talk I want to review certain points of its construction.
This is joint work with A. B. Goncharov. To any convex integer polygon we associate a Poisson variety, which is essentially the moduli space of connections on line bundles on (certain) bipartite graphs on a torus. There is an underlying integrable Hamiltonian system whose Hamiltonians are weighted sums of dimer covers.
Fix a metric (Riemannian or Finsler) on a compact manifold M. The critical points of the length function on the free loop space LM of M are the closed geodesics on M. Filtration by the length function gives a link between the geometry of closed geodesics, and the algebraic structure given by the Chas-Sullivan product on the homology of LM and the “dual” loop cohomology product.
In 1985 Misha Gromov proved his Nonsqueezing Theorem, and hence constructed the first symplectic 1-capacity. In 1989 Helmut Hofer asked whether symplectic d-capacities exist if 1 < d < n. I will discuss the answer to this question and its relevance in symplectic geometry. This is joint work with San Vu Ngoc.