SMS scnews item created by Stephan Tillmann at Fri 1 May 2015 0934
Type: Seminar
Modified: Wed 6 May 2015 1423; Wed 10 Jun 2015 0957
Distribution: World
Expiry: 31 Jul 2015
Calendar1: 11 Jun 2015 1500-1600
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535A
Auth: tillmann@p710.pc (assumed)

Geometry & Topology

Minimal surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Hyam Rubinstein (Melbourne)

Thursday 11 June 2015 from 15:0016:00 (NOTE THE TIME) in Carslaw 535A

Please join us for lunch after the talk!


Abstract: Minimal surfaces played a key role in the development of 3-manifold topology in the early 1980s with work of Freedman, Hass, Meeks, Schoen, Scott, Simon and Yau. Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in the connection between minimal surfaces and hyperbolic metrics. A quick survey will be given of basic existence results and then two specific problems will be discussed. One is the relation between large (Margulis) tubes around short geodesic loops and multiple minimal surfaces in the same isotopy class. The other is a combinatorial analogue of surfaces with small principal curvature (almost Fuchsian surfaces), which were crucial in breakthrough work of Kahn, Markovic and Agol.


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