Topological contact dynamics and two applications

GAP Seminar

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Ping Xu, Mathieu Stiénon, Nigel Higson.

Speaker: Peter Spaeth, Penn State Altoona

Abstract: The smooth dynamics of a contact structure admits a non-trivial extension to topological dynamics. We will discuss a key result in the subject, namely the 1-1 correspondence between topological contact isotopies (and their conformal factors) and their generating topological contact Hamiltonians, and two applications: topological rigidity of the geodesic flow on riemannian manifolds and the extension of the helicity invariant to topological dynamics.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number: 106 McAllister

Date: 04/08/2014

Time: 2:30pm - 3:30pm