Title: The Goldman Bracket and Intersection Numbers
Speaker: Prof. Siddhartha Gadgil IISc
Date: 08 August 2011
Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Venue: Lecture Hall I, Department of Mathematics
The Goldman bracket associates a Lie Algebra to closed curves on a surface. I shall describe the bracket and its basic properties. I shall also sketch some joint work with Moira Chas, where we show that the Goldman bracket together with the operation of taking powers determines geometric intersection and self-intersection numbers.