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Time: Tu 3:30-4:30 (except as noted)

Place: South Hall 6635 (except as noted)

Abstract: The Jones polynomial is a knot invariant, but started life as a representation of the braid groups. For a special value of the parameter, it can be extended to a representation of the category of tangled trivalent graphs. Freedman, Larsen and Wang showed that this could be used to do quantum computation. I will describe this strange kind of machine code in the language of tangled trivalent graphs, and the tricks that go into programming a quantum gate. This is joint work with Claire Levaillant.

Abstract: In ``From measured Foliations to Teichmüller Space'' we will introduce a new method for assigning to a marked hyperbolic metric on a closed surface S of genus g ≥ 2 a measured foliation on S. These foliations will provide a new naturality to the compactification of the Teichmüller space by projective measured foliations and allow one to decompose this Teichmüller space into copies of the Teichmüller space of a once-punctured torus. (Joint work in progress with Daryl Cooper.) This talk with be a ``pretalk'' where we familiarize the audience with the more classic picture.

Abstract: I will discuss certain coordinate systems for the space of convex projective structures on a closed surface, which are well-behaved with respect to a geodesic lamination on the surface. This is joint work with Guillaume Dreyer, and draws its origins in earlier breakthroughs of Fock and Goncharov for the case of punctured surfaces.

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joint work with K C Millett and P J Atzberger

We draw on mathematical results from topology to develop quantitative methods for polymeric materials to characterize the relationship between polymer chain entanglement and bulk viscoelastic responses. We generalize the mathematical notion of the Linking Number and Writhe to be applicable to open (linear) chains. We show how our results can be used in practice by performing fully three-dimensional computational simulations of polymeric chains entangled in weaves of a few distinct topologies and with varying levels of chain densities. We investigate relationships between our topological characteristics for chain entanglement and viscoelastic responses by performing Lees-Edwards simulations of the rheology over a broad range of frequencies. Our topological measures of entanglement indicate the global topology is the dominant factor in characterizing mechanical properties. We find an almost linear relation between the mean absolute Writhe and the loss tangent and an almost inverse linear relation between the mean absolute Periodic Linking Number and the loss tangent. These results indicate the potential of our topological methods in providing a characterization of the level of chain entanglement useful in understanding the origins of mechanical responses in polymeric materials.

Abstract: Associated to every pseudo-Anosov (pA) homeomorphism of a closed orientable surface is a real number, greater than 1, called the stretch factor. Thurston showed that the stretch factor of any pA map is an algebraic unit, but it is still an open question which algebraic units appear as stretch factors. In this talk we will look at a construction of pA maps due to Thurston, and focus on a certain type of algebraic unit known as a Salem number. I will discuss my recent result where I showed every Salem number has a power that is the stretch factor of a pA map coming from Thurston's construction.

Abstract: A trisection of a smooth 4-manifold X is the 4-dimensional analog of a Heegaard splitting of a 3-manifold, decomposing X into three diffeomorphic, codimension 0 submanifolds whose intersections encode the complexity of X. In the case that X has non-empty boundary, a trisection induces a fiber bundle over the circle on the bounding 3-manifold(s) known as an open book decomposition. In this talk, I will give the basic definition of trisections of 4-manifolds with and without boundary, as well as define trisection diagrams. I will give an algorithm which explicitly determines the open book decomposition induced by a trisection (diagram). This is joint work with David Gay and Juanita Pinzón-Caicedo. If time permits, I will discuss the gluing theorem which highlights the importance of open book decompositions, and the algorithm, in the theory of relative trisections.

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Abstract: There is a finite-dimensional space of ways to equip a closed surface with the structure of a complex manifold. This space of complex structures is called the Teichmüller space of the surface. It turns out that the Teichmüller space is itself a complex manifold, whose analytic structure reflects the surface's topology and geometry. Certain polygonal decompositions of the surface give rise to holomorphically embedded copies of the unit disk inside of Teichmüller space. These embedded disks are called Teichmüller disks. In this talk, we will describe recent partial answers to the following question: Which Teichmüller disks are holomorphic retracts of Teichmüller space?

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Abstract: Hitchin singled out a preferred component in the character variety of representations from the fundamental group of a surface to PSL(n,R). When n=2, this Hitchin component coincides with the Teichmüller space consisting of all hyperbolic metrics on the surface. Later Labourie showed that Hitchin representations share many important differential geometric and dynamical properties. Morgan and Shalen provided an algebro-geometric interpretation of Thurston's compactification of the Teichmuller space in terms of valuations on character varieties. Parreau extended this construction to a compactification of the Hitchin component whose boundary points are described by actions of the fundamental group of the surface on a building. This generalizes the actions on trees occurring for the Morgan-Shalen compactification. In this talk, we offer a new presentation for the Parreau compactification, which is based on certain positivity properties discovered by Fock and Goncharov. More precisely, we use the Fock-Goncharov construction to describe the intersection patterns of apartments in invariant subsets of the building that arise in the boundary of the Hitchin component.

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