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Topology/Geometry Seminar

The fully marked surface theorem

Mehdi Yazdi (Oxford)

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Date & time: Tuesday, 26 January 2021 at 3:50PM - 4:50PM

In his seminal 1976 paper, Bill Thurston observed that a closed leaf S of a foliation has Euler characteristic equal, up to sign, to the Euler class of the foliation evaluated on [S], the homology class represented by S. We give a converse for taut foliations: if the Euler class of a taut foliation F evaluated on [S] equals up to sign the Euler characteristic of S and the underlying manifold is hyperbolic, then there exists another taut foliation G such that S is homologous to a union of compact leaves and such that the plane field of G is homotopic to that of F. In particular, F and G have the same Euler class. This is joint work with David Gabai.

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