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Lectures on Contact 3-Manifolds, Holomorphic Curves and Intersection Theory

Chris Wendl (Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin)



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Cambridge University Press
26 March 2020
Complex analysis, complex variables; Differential & Riemannian geometry; Algebraic topology
Intersection theory has played a prominent role in the study of closed symplectic 4-manifolds since Gromov's famous 1985 paper on pseudoholomorphic curves, leading to myriad beautiful rigidity results that are either inaccessible or not true in higher dimensions. Siefring's recent extension of the theory to punctured holomorphic curves allowed similarly important results for contact 3-manifolds and their symplectic fillings. Based on a series of lectures for graduate students in topology, this book begins with an overview of the closed case, and then proceeds to explain the essentials of Siefring's intersection theory and how to use it, and gives some sample applications in low-dimensional symplectic and contact topology. The appendices provide valuable information for researchers, including a concise reference guide on Siefring's theory and a self-contained proof of a weak version of the Micallef-White theorem.
By:   Chris Wendl (Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   390g
ISBN:   9781108497404
ISBN 10:   1108497403
Series:   Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics
Pages:   194
Publication Date:   26 March 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Wendl is Professor of Differential Geometry and Global Analysis at Humboldt University of Berlin. He is the author of Holomorphic Curves in Low Dimensions: From Symplectic Ruled Surfaces to Planar Contact Manifolds (2018), and a recent recipient of an ERC Consolidator Grant.

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