Contact structures in dimension 3 and the Seiberg-Witten equations

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm
I hope to give some indication of how the Seiberg-Witten equations are used to study the dynamics of vector fields on 3-dimensional manifolds. One result of this research is a proof of Alan Weinstein's conjecture about the existence of closed integral curves of the Reeb vector field for a contact 1-form.
Clifford Taubes
Harvard University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 314