Informal Geometry & Topology Seminar


All talks are held on Friday in 381-T, starting at 3:30 pm, unless otherwise noted.

Fall Quarter (2014):


Friday, September 26th, 2014

Speaker: Yitwah Cheung


Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Speaker: Sara Maloni


Friday, October 10th, 2014

Speaker: Kathrynn Mann


Friday, October 17th, 2014

Speaker: Anastasiia Tsvietkova (UC Davis)


Friday, October 31, 2014

Speaker: Priyam Patel


Friday, November 14, 2014

Speaker: Kathy Lindsy


Friday, December 5, 2014

Speaker: Jon Chaika



Spring Quarter (2014):



Friday, April 18th, 2014

Speaker: Tian Yang

Title: Hyperbolic cone metrics on 3-manifolds with boundary


Friday, April 25th, 2014

Speaker Tian Yang

Title A deformation of Penner's simplicial coordinate


Friday, May 2, 2014

No Seminar


Friday, May 9, 2014

Speaker Kim Inkang

Title Kahler metric on the space of convex projective structures on surface


Friday, May 16, 2014

Speaker Illya Gekhtman (U. Chicago)

Title Patterson-Sullivan Theory for Subgroups of Mapping Class Groups and Orbit Counting in Teichmuller Space


Friday, May 23, 2014

No Seminar


Friday, May 30, 2014

No Seminar


Thursday, June 5, 2014 (Note Special day and time)

Speaker Tom Church

2:15p-3:15p in 383-N

Title Geometric spaces of geometric structures: geometry


Friday, June 6, 2014 (The seminar will be in 383-N)

Speaker Tom Church

Title Geometric spaces of geometric structures: low-dimensional topology


Winter Quarter (2013):



Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Speaker Kenji Kozai

Title: Singular hyperbolic structures from Sol.



Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Speaker Martin Bridgeman

Title: The Pressure metric for convex Anosov representations

Abstract Using the thermodynamics formalism, we introduce a notion of intersection for convex Anosov representations. We also produce a Out-invariant Riemannian metric on the smooth points of the deformation space of convex, irreducible representations of a word hyperbolic group G into SL(m,R) whose Zariski closure contains a generic element. In particular, we produce a mapping class group invariant Riemannian metric on Hitchin components which restricts to the Weil–Petersson metric on the Fuchsian locus.



Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

Speaker Ara Basmajian

Title: Lengths of closed geodesics and their intersection numbers on a hyperbolic surface

Abstract We'll discuss in various contexts the relationship between the lengths of closed geodesics and their number of intersections on a hyperbolic surface.



Friday, Feb. 8, 2013

Speaker Zhiren Wang

Title Global rigidity of abelian Anosov actions on tori

Abstract As part of a more general conjecture, the following statement was expected to hold: if a smooth $\mathbb Z^r$-action $\alpha$ on a torus contains one Anosov element and has no rank-1 factor, then it must be smoothly conjugate to its linearization $\alpha_0$, which is an action by toral automorphisms. Fisher, Kalinin and Spatzier showed this holds under the assumption that $\alpha$ has at least one Anosov element in every Weyl chamber of the linearization action. We will verify that this assumption is redundant, hence fully establish the statement above. This is a joint work with Federico Rodriguez Hertz.



Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Speaker Amie Wilkinson

Title: Absolute continuity, exponents, and rigidity.

Abstract The geodesics in a compact surface of negative curvature display stability properties originating in the chaotic, hyperbolic nature of the geodesic flow on the associated unit tangent bundle. Considered as a foliation of this bundle, this collection of geodesics persists in a strong way when one perturbs of the Riemannian metric, or the geodesic flow generated by this metric, or even the time-one map of this flow: for any perturbed system there is a corresponding "shadow foliation" with one-dimensional smooth leaves that is homeomorphic to the original geodesic foliation. A counterpart to this foliation stability is a curious rigidity phenomenon that arises when one studies the disintegration of volume along the leaves of this perturbed shadow foliation. I will describe this phenomenon and its underlying causes. This is work with Artur Avila and Marcelo Viana.




Friday, Feb. 22, 2013

Speaker No Seminar


Friday, March 1, 2013

Speaker John Pardon

Title: Obstruction bundles and counting holomorphic disks in Heegaard Floer homology

Abstract: I will discuss an approach to count the holomorphic disks which give the boundary operator in Heegaard Floer homology. However, no previous knowledge of Heegaard Floer homology is necessary to understand the talk. I'll discuss how to rephrase the problem of counting holomorphic disks in a certain high dimensional symplectic manifold as a lower dimensional enumerative problem. To approach this problem, we consider a Hurwitz space of ramified covers of a "domain" on a Riemann surface $\Sigma_g$ and ask to count the covers $S\to\Sigma_g$ where $S$ admits a holomorphic map to the unit disk. It turns out that in some cases, this number is equal to a certain relative Euler class of an "obstruction bundle" over the Hurwitz space, whereas in others, there are parts of the boundary that we don't yet understand how to deal with.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Speaker Harry Baik

Title: Groups acting on the circle with dense invariant laminations

Abstract: I propose a new way to look at the group actions on the circle via the number of transverse dense invariant laminations. As a motivational example, we characterize the Fuchsian groups in terms of the invariant laminations. Having infinitely many invariant laminations with some additional assumptions on the laminations guarantees that the given group is Fuchsian. From the ideas developed in the proof, we can also prove that having three invariant laminations with stronger assumptions gives the same result. The key ingredient is the convergence group theorem. The development of the theory was motivated by Thurston's universal circle construction for tautly foliated 3-manifold groups.



Fall Quarter (2012):



Friday, October 5, 2012

Speaker: Yitwah Cheung (SFU)

Title: Generalized Gauss measures and Levy's constant


Friday, October 12, 2012

No Seminar


Friday, October 19, 2012

Speaker: Ronen Mukamel (Stanford)

Title:Trace fields and Veech groups without parabolics


Friday, October 26, 2012

No Seminar


Friday, November 2, 2012

Speaker: No Seminar


Friday, November 9, 2012

Speaker:Rafe Mazzeo


Friday, November 16, 2012

Speaker: Jayadev Athreya

Title: Gap Distributions and Homogeneous Dynamics \


Friday, November 23, 2012

No Seminar


Friday, November 30, 2012

Speaker Alex Wright

Title: SL(2,R) orbit closures of translation surfaces.


Winter Quarter (2012):



Friday, January 13th, 2012

Speaker: Ronen Mukamel (Stanford)

Title: Lattice Veech groups in SL(2,O_D), Part I


Friday, January 20th, 2012

Speaker: Ronen Mukamel (Stanford)

Title: Lattice Veech groups in SL(2,O_D), Part II


Friday, January 27th, 2012

Speaker: Kenji Kozai (Stanford)

Title: Ideal triangulations of pseudo-Anosov mapping tori


Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Speaker: Yitwah Cheung (San Francisco State)

Title: Bounded geodesics are winning (with Jon Chaika and Howard Masur)


Friday, February 10th, 2012

Speaker: Dimitri Zvonkine (Stanford)

Title: The psi-classes on the space of stable maps, I


Friday, February 17th, 2012

Speaker: Dimitri Zvonkine (Stanford)

Title: The psi-classes on the space of stable maps, II


Friday, February 24th, 2012

Speaker: John Pardon (Stanford)

Title: Volumes of moduli spaces of flat bundles over a Riemann surface


Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Speaker: Jenya Sapir (Stanford)

Title: Hausdorff dimension of sets of curves on surfaces


Friday, March 9th, 2012

Speaker: No Seminar this week


Friday, March 16th, 2012

Speaker: Curt McMullen (Harvard)

Title: Cascades in the dynamics of surface foliations


Friday, March 23rd, 2012

No Seminar



Spring Quarter:



Friday, April 6th, 2012:

Friday, April 13th, 2012:

Speaker: Tom Church (Stanford)

Title: A conjecture on stability in the unstable cohomology of moduli space


Friday, April 20th, 2012:

Speaker: Guillaume Dreyer (USC)

Title: Geometric properties of Anosov representations


Friday, April 27th, 2012:

Speaker: Tan Ser Peow (Singapore)

Title: A dilogarithm identity on moduli spaces of curves


Friday, May 4th, 2012:

Speaker: Kasra Rafi (Oklahoma)

Title: The Teichmuller space is semi-hyperbolic


Friday, May 11th, 2012:

Speaker: Thomas Koberda (Harvard)

Title: Generalizations of the Nielsen--Schreier Theorem


Friday, May 18th, 2012:

No Seminar


Friday, May 25th, 2012:

Speaker: Shinpei Baba (Caltech)

Title: Grafting Complex Projective Structures


Friday, June 15st, 2012:

Speaker: Scott Wolpert

Title: Infinitesimal deformations of nodal stable curves



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