Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Introduction to Weinstein manifolds

Seminar | November 8 | 2-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 Oleg Lazarev, Columbia

 Department of Mathematics

In his proof of the $h$-cobordism theory, Smale showed how Morse functions on high-dimensional simply-connected manifolds can be manipulated and simplified. After reviewing smooth Morse theory, I will give an introduction to the symplectic analog, Weinstein manifolds, which can be manipulated in a similar way, and provide a large class of examples of symplectic manifolds.