Michael Hutchings

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We compute an invariant counting gradient flow lines (including closed orbits) in S-valued Morse theory, and relate it to Reidemeister torsion for manifolds with χ = 0, b1 > 0. Here we extend the results in [6] following a different approach. However, this paper is written in a self-contained manner and may be read independently of [6]. The motivation of(More)
In two previous papers with Yi-Jen Lee, we defined and computed a notion of Reidemeister torsion for the Morse theory of closed 1-forms on a finite dimensional manifold. The present paper gives an a priori proof that this Morse theory invariant is a topological invariant. It is hoped that this will provide a model for possible generalizations to Floer(More)
We introduce topological invariants of knots and braid conjugacy classes, in the form of differential graded algebras, and present an explicit combinatorial formulation for these invariants. The algebras conjecturally give the relative contact homology of certain Legendrian tori in fivedimensional contact manifolds. We present several computations and(More)
As in the United States, increased concentration in grocery retailing in Great Britain has raised issues about the buying power of multiple retailers. Whether, and if so how, it prevents, restricts, or distorts competition at the retail and/or producer level to the public or consumer detriment has been the central aspect of concern in a number of formal(More)
We use the equivalence between embedded contact homology and Seiberg-Witten Floer homology to obtain the following improvements on the Weinstein conjecture. Let Y be a closed oriented connected 3-manifold with a stable Hamiltonian structure, and let R denote the associated Reeb vector field on Y . We prove that if Y is not a T2 -bundle over S1 , then R has(More)
We prove that the least-perimeter way to enclose prescribed area in the plane with smooth, rotationally symmetric, complete metric of nonincreasing Gauss curvature consists of one or two circles, bounding a disc, the complement of a disc, or an annulus. We also provide a new isoperimetric inequality in general surfaces with boundary.