Dynamics, Geometry, and moduli spaces of Riemann Surfaces


Location: 117 Hayes-Healy Center

Alexander Wright, of Stanford University, will discuss the moduli space of Riemann surfaces of fixed genus, one of the hubs of modern mathematics and physics. Wright will tell the story of how simple sounding problems about polygons, some of which arose as toy models in physics, became intertwined with problems about the geometry of moduli space, and how the study of these problems in Teichmuller dynamics lead to connections with homogeneous spaces, algebraic geometry, dynamics, and other areas. The talk will mention joint works with Alex Eskin, Simion Filip, Curtis McMullen, Maryam Mirzakhani, and Ronen Mukamel.

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