Chris Wendl (HU Berlin)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 15:30
Urania
An der Urania 17, 10787 Berlin
BMS Days
Berlin Mathematical School
This talk will be a (biased) introduction to symplectic topology and one of its most popular tools, Gromov's pseudoholomorphic curve theory. Wendl will review the origins of symplectic and contact manifolds, sketch a proof that there are no "exotic" symplectic fillings of the standard contact 3-sphere, and relate this to some more recent results and open questions.

Chris Wendl is a professor for differential geometry and global analysis at the HU Berlin. His research is in symplectic and contact topology, particularly the theory of pseudoholomorphic curves, applications to contact manifolds, and symplectic field theory.
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