Faramarz Vafaee

Faramarz Vafaee
  • Phillip Griffiths Assistant Research Professor
  • Assistant Research Professor of Mathematics
External address: 120 Science Drive, 246 Physics Building, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 120 Science Drive, 246 Physics Building, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-2873
Office Hours: 

Tuesdays 5 to 7pm, or by appointment

My main research interests lie in low dimensional topology and geometry. Among others, these interests include Heegaard Floer homology and its applications, Khovanov homology, contact and symplectic geometry, and handlebody theory.

A central goal of low dimensional topology is to understand three and four–dimensional spaces. Achieving this understanding is often aided through the study of knots and surfaces embedded therein, and the theory of knotted curves and surfaces have become fields in their own right. The past thirty years have witnessed the births of a beautiful array of approaches to the field, drawing on diverse tools from algebra, analysis, and combinatorics. One particular tool that has made a dramatic impact on low-dimensional topology is the Heegaard Floer theory of Ozsvath and Szabo. Defined 17 years ago, this theory has produced an encompassing package of invariants, which have significantly impacted the study of many areas of low dimensional topology. Among these are Dehn surgery and foliation theory, and a central theme within my work aims to better understand and exploit the interaction between Floer homology and these areas.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University 2014

Greene, JE, Lewallen, S, and Vafaee, F. "L-space knots." Compositio Mathematica 154.05 (May 2018): 918-933. Full Text Open Access Copy

Donald, A, and Vafaee, F. "A slicing obstruction from the $\frac {10}{8}$ theorem." Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 144.12 (August 29, 2016): 5397-5405. Full Text Open Access Copy

Hom, J, Lidman, T, and Vafaee, F. "Berge–Gabai knots and L–space satellite operations." Algebraic & Geometric Topology 14.6 (January 15, 2015): 3745-3763. Full Text Open Access Copy

Vafaee, F. "On the Knot Floer Homology of Twisted Torus Knots." International Mathematics Research Notices 2015.15 (2015): 6516-6537. Full Text Open Access Copy

Ballinger, W, Ni, Y, Ochse, T, and Vafaee, F. "The prism manifold realization problem II.". Open Access Copy

Ballinger, W, Hsu, CC-Y, Mackey, W, Ni, Y, Ochse, T, and Vafaee, F. "The prism manifold realization problem.". Open Access Copy

Mark, TE, Piccirillo, L, and Vafaee, F. "On the Stein framing number of a knot.". Open Access Copy