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Complexities of complex curves from curve complexes


Speaker: Puttipong Pongtanapaisan, University of Saskatchewan
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Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Thu, Jun 1 2023, 1:10PM

Inspired by Hempel’s useful complexity for Heegaard splittings, Kirby and Thompson defined an invariant of a smooth 4-manifold using a certain complex of curves on trisection surfaces. The invariant was also generalized to the settings of manifolds with boundaries and surface-links in the 4-sphere by Castro et al. and Blair et al.In this talk, I will discuss a version of the invariant for more general multi-sected knotted surfaces such as complex curves in the complex projective plane. We will see that if the complexity is low, then the (surface, manifold)-pair has simple topology analogous to the results in the previous settings. This is based on work conducted at the University of Central Florida supported by Maggy Tomova.