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Geometry and dynamics via contact topology

Objective

I intend to cross ressources of holomorphic curves techniques and traditional topological methods to study some fundamental questions in symplectic and contact geometry such as:

- The Weinstein conjecture in dimension greater than 3.
- The construction of new invariants for both smooth manifolds and Legendrian/contact manifolds, in particular, try to define an analogue of Heegaard Floer homology in dimension larger than 3.
- The link, in dimension 3, between the geometry of the ambient manifold (especially hyperbolicity) and the dynamical/topological properties of its Reeb vector fields and contact structures.
- The topological characterization of odd-dimensional manifolds admitting a contact structure.

A crucial ingredient of my program is to understand the key role played by open book decompositions in dimensions larger than three.

This program requires a huge amount of mathematical knowledges. My idea is to organize a team around Ghiggini, Laudenbach, Rollin, Sandon and myself, augmented by two post-docs and one PhD student funded by the project. This will give us the critical size to organize a very active working seminar and to have a worldwide attractivity and recognition.
I also plan to invite one confirmed researcher every year (for 1-2 months), to organize one conference and one summer school, as well as several focused weeks.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-StG_20101014
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Funding Scheme

ERC-SG - ERC Starting Grant
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Host institution

UNIVERSITE DE NANTES
Address
Quai De Tourville 1
44035 Nantes Cedex 1
France
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 887 600
Principal investigator
Vincent Maurice Colin (Mr.)
Administrative Contact
Elodie Hervio (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 887 600
Address
Quai De Tourville 1
44035 Nantes Cedex 1
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Vincent Maurice Colin (Mr.)
Administrative Contact
Elodie Hervio (Ms.)