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dc.contributor.advisorOzsvath, Peter
dc.contributor.authorZung, Jonathan
dc.contributor.otherMathematics Department
dc.description.abstractIn this thesis, we explore two aspects of the topology of codimension 1 foliations on 3-manifolds. In the first part, we study branching in their leaf spaces. We show that for a large class of foliations, the leaf space admits a map to \R such that the action of the fundamental group on the leaf space descends to a Homeo^+(\R) representation. In the second part, we study the holonomy of foliations. We give a new approach to the Eliashberg-Thurston perturbation of foliations into contact structures. Our approach gives control on the Reeb flow of the resulting contact structure, and in particular produces hypertight contact structures.
dc.publisherPrinceton, NJ : Princeton University
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dc.titleAspects of the topology of foliations on 3-manifolds
dc.typeAcademic dissertations (Ph.D.)
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