CR moduli spaces on a contact 3-manifold

Friday, March 11, 2011 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
We study low-dimensional problems in topology and geometry via a study of contact and Cauchy-Riemann ($CR$) structures. In particular, we consider various $CR$ moduli spaces on a contact 3-manifold. A contact structure is called spherical if it admits a compatible spherical $CR$ structure. We will talk about spherical contact structures and our analytic tool, an evolution equation of $CR$ structures. We argue that solving such an equation for the standard contact 3-sphere is related to the Smale conjecture in 3-topology. Furthermore, we propose a contact analogue of Ray-Singer's analytic torsion. This ''contact torsion'' is expected to be able to distinguish among ''spherical space forms'' $\{\Gamma\backslash S^{3}\}$ as contact manifolds. Positivity of the $CR$ Paneitz operator becomes an important property in the study of recent years. We will investigate the relation between this property and the embeddability of $CR$ structures if we have enough time.
Speaker: 
Jih-Hsin Cheng
Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 314