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A Gordon-Litherland form for ribbon surfaces

Presented by: 
Brendan Owens University of Glasgow
Thursday 2nd February 2017 - 15:30 to 16:30
INI Seminar Room 1
Co-authors: Josh Greene and Saso Strle

I will describe work in progress aimed at generalising the Gordon-Litherland form to the case of properly embedded surfaces in the four-ball and the four-sphere.  I will also discuss a motivating non-application involving concordance invariants of links which lie on definite surfaces in S^4.

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