Dynamics Seminar

Event Information Polynomials, branched covers, and trees
14:10 on Monday December 12, 2022
15:00 on Monday December 12, 2022
BA6183, Bahen Center, 40 St. George St.
Becca Winarski

College of the Holy Cross

Thurston proved that a post-critically finite branched cover of the plane is either equivalent to a polynomial (that is: conjugate via a mapping class) or it has a topological obstruction. We use topological techniques – adapting tools used to study mapping class groups – to produce an algorithm that determines when a branched cover is equivalent to a polynomial, and if it is, determines which polynomial a topological branched cover is equivalent to. This is joint work with Jim Belk, Justin Lanier, and Dan Margalit.