### Counting incompressible surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Geometry and Topology Seminar

7th November 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fry Building, 2.04

Incompressible embedded surfaces play a central role in 3-manifold theory. It is a natural and interesting question to ask how many such surfaces are contained in a given 3-manifold M, as a function of their genus g. I will present a new theorem that provides a surprisingly small upper bound. For any given g, there a polynomial p_g with the following property. The number of closed incompressible surfaces of genus g in a hyperbolic 3-manifold M is at most p_g(vol(M)). This is joint work with Anastasiia Tsvietkova.

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