A conjecture of Arnold

A conjecture of Arnold

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Heather Macbeth, Princeton University
Fine Hall 601

The chord conjecture of Vladimir Arnold is a contact-geometry analogue of his well-known Lagrangian intersections conjecture in symplectic geometry.  It proposes that, for each Legendrian submanifold of a contact form on a compact manifold, there should be a integral curve of the Reeb vector field which crosses the Legendrian submanifold at least twice.  I will present the 2001 paper of Klaus Mohnke, which proves this conjecture for a class of compact contact manifolds including spheres.