|GEOMETRIC PDE SEMINAR|
|Topic:||Transverse Knots Via Braids|
|Affiliation:||Rice University and Member, School of Mathematics|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 28|
|Time/Room:||2:00pm - 3:00pm/S-101|
In this talk, I will discuss several topics related to transverse knots in contact 3-manifolds. I will introduce a conjecture on the maximal self-linking number of a topological knot in the standard contact 3-sphere. I will show how to apply braid theory, the HOMFLY polynomial, and the Khovanov-Rozansky homology in order to address the conjecture. I will further discuss the computation of the self-linking number using open-book decomposition and its application to contact geometry. Talk will be accessible to non-topologists.