I'm a mathematician who studies algebraic and topological aspects of symplectic manifolds and their friends. Currently I'm working at Laboratoire de Mathématiques d'Orsay as a MathInGreaterParis fellow (101034255). Previously I was a researcher at Uppsala University. Here is my CV.
Reach me via my personal email at firstname.lastname@example.org (corrected in the obvious fashion).
A stabilization operation is defined for transverse links (ie. codimension 2 contact submanifolds) in contact manifolds of dimension at least 5. The definition is such that (1) a given contact manifold is overtwisted iff its standard transverse unknot is stabilized and (2) transverse stabilization preserves the formal contact isotopy class and intrinsic contact structure of a link. We prove that many transverse links are non-simple (and an update will contain generalizations).
We compute the contact homologies of neighborhoods of convex hypersurfaces of any dimension. The result is expressed in terms of homotopy classes of augmentations of the dividing set, or alternatively bilinearied homology theories which we define for free, commutative DGAs over the rationals. See the MCM slides below for an overview with lots of background. Some applications (to appear in an upcoming article) are reviewed here.
We define a generalization of the Chekanov-Eliashberg algebra, CE, which we call the planar diagram algebra, PDA. It is a non-commutative differential graded algebra with a special filtration. The PDA differential counts holomorphic disks with multiple positive punctures using a combinatorial framework inspired by string topology. Computational software is available here. For a quick overview, see these slides.
Simplified SFT moduli spaces for Legendrian links (Journal of Symplectic Geometry, 2023)
How do you count index 1 J-curves on the Lagrangian cylinder over a Legendrian link in R3 when the domain is non-simply connected? This is an obstruction bundle problem which does not always admit a combinatorial solution. We show that such curves can be "perturbed away" using a Legendrian isotopy, implying that any (full) SFT invariant of Legendrian links can be computed using only combinatorial disks.
Combinatorial Reeb dynamics on punctured contact 3-manifolds (Geometry & Topology, 2023)
We develop tools for studying Reeb dynamics on contact 3-manifolds determined by surgery diagrams and for counting holomorphic planes in surgery cobordisms. These tools are used to provide the first examples of closed, tight contact manifolds with vanishing contact homology. For an overview focused on applications, see the slides below.
We describe factorizations of fibered Dehn twists along the boundary of Milnor fibers of Fermat singularities in terms of Dehn twists along Lagrangian spheres. In low dimensions, these factorizations generalize the classical chain relation.
Liouville hypersurfaces and connect sum cobordisms (Journal of Symplectic Geometry, 2021)
A symplectic cobordism construction is described which generalizes Weinstein handle attachment. Applications include proofs of the existence of "fillability" and "non-vanishing contact homology" monoids in the symplectomorphism groups of Liouville domains as well as proofs of the symplectic non-triviality of squares of Dehn twists on cotangent bundles of 2- and 6-dimensional spheres (which are smoothly trivial).
Contact surgery and supporting open books (Algebraic & Geometric Topology, 2013)
Algorithms are described for switching between open book and contact surgery descriptions of a given contact 3-manifold. We use these algorithms to show that every contact 3-manifold can be described by contact surgery along a Legendrian link in 3-space.
Notes, slides, and software
Slides supplementing my articles
Minicourse on the Algebraic Giroux criterion (AGC) at the MCM Geometry Summer School
Lecture 1: Background and statement of the AGC
Lecture 2: Algebra and computations using relative Gromov-Witten
Lecture 3: Bao-Honda's definition of (Kuranishi) contact homology
Lecture 4: Sketch of the proof of the AGC
Recent and upcoming talks
Lyon-Grenoble Symplectic Geometry workshop, Grenoble, Nov. 30, 31.
Geometry Summer School, Morningside Center for Mathematics, Sep. 2023.
Geometry Seminar, Université Libre de Brussels, Feb. 2023.
Topology seminar, University of Glasgow, Oct. 2022.
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, June 2022.
Geometry & Topology Seminar, Mar. 2022.
Floer homotopy reading seminar, Feb. 2022 (expository).
Geometry & Topology, University of Minnesota, Oct. 2021.
Uppsala-Nantes workshop on Lagrangian cobordism, Oct. 2021.
Geometry & Topology Seminar, Uppsala University, Mar. 2021.
Topology Seminar, UCLA, Jan. 2021.
AlgGeomDiffTop Seminar, Rényi Institute, June 2020.
Virtual Geometry & Topology Seminar, Uppsala University, June 2020.