Complexity of 3-Manifolds 15:10 Fri 23 Mar, 2018 :: Horace Lamb 1022 :: A/Prof Stephan Tillmann :: University of Sydney
In this talk, I will give a general introduction to complexity of
3-manifolds and explain the connections between combinatorics, algebra,
geometry, and topology that arise in its study.
The complexity of a 3-manifold is the minimum number of tetrahedra in a
triangulation of the manifold. It was defined and first studied by Matveev
in 1990. The complexity is generally difficult to compute, and various
upper and lower bounds have been derived during the last decades using
fundamental group, homology or hyperbolic volume.
Effective bounds have only been found in joint work with Jaco, Rubinstein
and, more recently, Spreer. Our bounds not only allowed us to determine the
first infinite classes of minimal triangulations of closed 3-manifolds, but
they also lead to a structure theory of minimal triangulations of