Event № 397
Advisor: Prof. Yoav Moriah
Abstract: Every closed orientable 3-dimensional manifold M admits a Heegaard splitting, i.e. a decomposition into two handlebodies which meet along their boundary. This common boundary is called a Heegaard surface in M, and is usually considered only up to isotopy in M. The genus g of the Heegaard surface is said to be the genus of the handlebodies. A Heegaard splitting gives us the Heegaard distance, which is defined using the curve complex. The fact that a Heegaard splitting is high distance has important consequences for the geometry of the 3-manifold determined by it. We will discuss two previously introduced combinatorial conditions on the Heegaard distance - the rectangle condition and the double rectangle condition - and their affect on the Heegaard distance, and hence on the geometry of the 3-manifold.