Columbia Geometric Topology Seminar

Spring 2023

 

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Organizer: Daniele AlessandriniSiddhi KrishnaFrancesco Lin

The GT seminar typically meets on Fridays at 2:00pm Eastern time in Room 407, Mathematics Department, Columbia University. It will also be live-streamed over Zoom.  

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Spring 2023

Date Time (Eastern) Speaker Title

January 20

2pm Eastern

Nathan Sagman

Hitchin representations and minimal surfaces

January 27

2pm Eastern

Ethan Dlugie

The Burau Representation and Shapes of Polyhedra

February 3

2pm Eastern Rebekah Palmer

Totally geodesic surfaces in knot complements

February 10

2pm Eastern

Lorenzo Ruffoni

 

February 17

2pm Eastern

Ty Ghaswala

 

February 24

2pm Eastern

Tam Cheetham-West

 

March 3

2pm Eastern

Marissa Loving

 

March 10

2pm Eastern

Dan Margalit

 

March 17

2pm Eastern

No Seminar

Spring break

March 24

2pm Eastern

Beibei Liu

 

March 31

2pm Eastern

No Seminar

Simons Collaboration Meeting in NYC
April 7

2pm Eastern

Noelle Sawyer  
April 14

2pm Eastern

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April 21

2pm Eastern

Oyku Yurttas

 

April 28

2pm Eastern

Giuseppe Martone

 

Abstracts

 

Nathaniel Sagman

Date:  January 20

Title: Hitchin representations and minimal surfaces

Abstract:

Labourie proved that every Hitchin representation into PSL(n,R) gives rise to an equivariant minimal surface in the corresponding symmetric space. He conjectured that uniqueness holds as well (this was known for n=2,3) and explained that if true, then the Hitchin component admits a mapping class group equivariant parametrization as a holomorphic vector bundle over Teichmüller space. After giving the relevant background, we will explain that Labourie’s conjecture fails for n at least 4, and point to some future questions

 

Ethan Dlugie

Date:  January 27

Title: The Burau Representation and Shapes of Polyhedra

Abstract: 

The Burau representation of braid groups has been around for almost a century. Still we don't know the full answer to whether this representation is faithful. The only remaining case is for the $n=4$ braid group, and faithfulness here has intimate connections to the question of whether the Jones polynomial detects the unknot. By specializing the $t$ parameter in this representation to certain roots of unity, an interesting connection appears with the moduli space of flat cone metrics on spheres explored by Thurston. Leveraging this connection, I will explain how one can place strong restrictions on the kernel of the $n=4$ Burau representation.

 

Rebekah Palmer

Date:  February 3

Title: Totally geodesic surfaces in knot complements

Abstract: 

Studying totally geodesic surfaces has been essential in understanding the geometry and topology of hyperbolic 3-manifolds.  Recently, Bader-Fisher-Miller-Stover showed that containing infinitely many such surfaces compels a manifold to be arithmetic.  We are hence interested in counting totally geodesic surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds in the finite (possibly zero) case.  In joint work with Khánh Lê, we expand an obstruction, due to Calegari, to the existence of these surfaces.  On the flipside, we prove the uniqueness of known totally geodesic surfaces by considering their behavior in the universal cover.  This talk will explore this progress for both the uniqueness and the absence.
 
 
 
 

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