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Symplectic Topology Seminar: Thomas Vogel, “Uniqueness of the Approximating Contact Structure”

Thomas Vogel, Max Planck Institute for Mathematics

Title: Uniqueness of the Approximating Contact Structure
Program: Symplectic and Contact Geometry and Connections to Low-Dimensional Topology
Speaker: Thomas Vogel, Max Planck Institue for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany
Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Time: 11:15am Р12:15pm
Place: Seminar Room 313, Simons Center



Abstract: A theorem of Eliashberg and Thurston implies that every foliation on a 3-manifold can be approximated by a contact structure. In this talk, we show that in many cases the contact structure obtained in this way is unique up to isotopy and give apply this fact to show that certain spaces of taut foliations are not connected.

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