Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Ideal pants block manifolds and Dehn filling

Seminar | September 25 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 William Worden, Rice University

 Department of Mathematics

We will cover some standard hyperbolic 3-manifold background, and describe Agol’s construction of a certain class of hyperbolic 3-manifolds, which we call ideal pants block manifolds. These manifolds decompose along thrice-punctured spheres into pieces that consist of either one or two regular ideal octahedra.