Seminar | November 15 | 4-5 p.m. | 3 Evans Hall
Bahar Acu, Northwestern
The Weinstein conjecture asserts that the Reeb vector field of every contact form carries at least one closed orbit. The conjecture was proven for all closed 3-dimensional manifolds by Taubes. Despite considerable progress, it is still open in higher dimensions. In this talk, we will talk about its history and define notions of iterated planar contact manifolds and iterated planar Lefschetz fibrations to show that $(2n+1)$-dimensional iterated planar contact manifolds satisfy the Weinstein conjecture.