Topology Seminar (Introductory Talk): Tight contact three manifolds

Seminar | March 8 | 2:10-3 p.m. | 736 Evans Hall

 Bulent Tosun, University of Alabama

 Department of Mathematics

One of the fundamental open question in three dimensional contact topology is the determination of which closed oriented three manifolds support a tight contact structure. In this talk I will summarize what is known about tis problem and will provide some constructions as well as some open problems towards its resolution. The talk will involve speaker's two separate joint works one with T. Mark and the other with A. Kaloti.