Implied Existence for 3-D Reeb Dynamics

GEOMETRY/DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS SEMINAR
Topic:Implied Existence for 3-D Reeb Dynamics
Speaker:Al Momin
Affiliation:Purdue University
Date:Friday, November 19
Time/Room:4:00pm - 5:00pm/S-101

Using a version of cylindrical contact homology on the complement of some Reeb orbits in a 3-dimensional contact manifold we will deduce that the existence of closed Reeb orbits with certain topological/dynamical properties implies the existence of other closed Reeb orbits. Often, a measure of the rotation of the Reeb flow around these orbits (the Conley-Zehnder index) plays a role. To illustrate this role, we will describe a particular result on the Hopf link in the tight 3-sphere in some detail. Finally, we will show how one recovers, as a corollary of this result, a version of a theorem of Angenent on geodesics in the 2-sphere.