Symplectic Dynamics/Geometry Seminar

Packing and squeezing Lagrangian tori

Richard Hind
University of Notre Dame
March 9, 2020
We will ask how many Lagrangian tori, say with an integral area class, can be `packed' into a given symplectic manifold. Similarly, given an arrangement of such tori, like the integral product tori in Euclidean space, one can ask about the symplectic size of the complement. The talk will describe some constructions of balls and Lagrangian tori which show the size is larger than expected.

This is based on joint work with Ely Kerman.

Classification of n-component links with Khovanov homology of rank 2^n

Boyu Zhang
February 24, 2020

Suppose L is a link with n components and the rank of Kh(L;Z/2) is 2^n, we show that L can be obtained by disjoint unions and connected sums of Hopf links and unknots. This result gives a positive answer to a question asked by Batson-Seed, and generalizes the unlink detection theorem of Khovanov homology by Hedden-Ni and Batson-Seed. The proof relies on a new excision formula for the singular instanton Floer homology introduced by Kronheimer and Mrowka.

This is joint work with Yi Xie.

Spectrum and abnormals in sub-Riemannian geometry: the 4D quasi-contact case

Nikhil Savale
University of Cologne
October 28, 2019

We prove several relations between spectrum and dynamics including wave trace expansion, sharp/improved Weyl laws, propagation of singularities and quantum ergodicity for the sub-Riemannian (sR) Laplacian in the four dimensional quasi-contact case. A key role in all results is played by the presence of abnormal geodesics and represents the first such appearance of these in sub-Riemannian spectral geometry.

Inscribing Rectangles in Jordan Loops

Rich Schwartz
Brown University
October 14, 2019

I'll show a graphical user interface I wrote which explores the problem of inscribing rectangles in Jordan loops.  The motivation behind this is the notorious Square Peg Conjecture of Toeplitz, from 1911.

I did not manage to solve this problem, but I did get the result that at most 4 points of any Jordan loop are vertices of inscribed  rectangles. I will sketch a proof of this result, mostly through visual demos, and also I will explain two other theorems about inscribed rectangles which at least bear a resemblance to theorems in symplectic geometry.

Bourgeois contact structures: tightness, fillability and applications.

Agustin Moreno
University of Augsburg
October 7, 2019
Starting from a contact manifold and a supporting open book decomposition, an explicit construction by Bourgeois provides a contact structure in the product of the original manifold with the two-torus. In this talk, we will discuss recent results concerning rigidity and fillability properties of these contact manifolds. For instance, it turns out that Bourgeois contact structures are, in dimension 5, always tight, independent on the rigid/flexible classification of the original contact manifold.