Student Floer Theory Seminar

Fall 2015

Our goal is to get to better understand the relationship between contact structures and sutured Floer homology, with an eye on Etnyre, Vela-Vick, Zarev's paper about "limit" invariants. (Also, all seminar communication will be in ALL CAPS.)

October 2: Adam, Contact structures and open books. October 9: Melissa, Knots and surfaces in contact three-manifolds. October 16: (AT 2:30 BECAUSE OF JOSH'S CLASS) Melissa, More on knots and surfaces in contact three-manifolds. October 23: Tyson, Sutured manifolds and Floer homology. October 30: Tyson, More sutured manifolds and Floer homology.

November 2: (ON MONDAY BECAUSE OF JOSH'S CLASS) Lev, Partial open books.

November 13: Adam, Gluing maps on sutured Floer homology.

Spring 2015

Our theme is "Applications of Heegaard Floer Homology". Here is a good MathOverflow post with some ideas for talks.

February 13: Adam, Heegaard Floer homology beyond the definition. February 25: Adam, Cobordisms and triangles March 6: Spring break!

March 13: Peter, Sutured Floer Homology and genus March 20: Radu spoke about the proof of Property R via Floer homology yesterday, so we'll discuss that today.

March 27: Radu, TBD

April 1: Diana will tell us about the Tau invariant. (Note the Wednesday date!)

April 10: Lev will tell us about Floer homology and contact stuff.

April 17: Merve will tell us even more about contact stuff!

Fall 2014

We'll be working through the new English translation of Audin and Damian's Morse Theory and Floer Homology. We meet Fridays at 3 in the Grad Lounge. Bring your analysis game-face!

Fall 2013

September 23: Diana Hubbard, Combinatorial descriptions of Heegaard Floer Homology and Knot Floer Homology. October 7: Lev Tovstopyat-Nelip, Oriented Morse homology and consequences.
October 21: Adam Saltz, Some basic computations in Heegaard Floer homology.
November 4: Diana Hubbard, Sutured Floer homology.
December 8: Adam Saltz, Heegaard diagrams for knots and knot complements