Dr Oldřich Spáčil - Research


  • Chern-Weil theory and the group of strict contactomorphisms, joint work with Roger Casals, to appear in J.Topol. Anal. (2015), arXiv:1409.1913.

    Abstract: In this paper we study the groups of contactomorphisms of a closed contact manifold from a topological viewpoint. First we construct examples of contact forms on spheres whose Reeb flow has a dense orbit. Then we show that the unitary group U(n+1) is homotopically essential in the group of contactomorphisms of the standard contact sphere S^(2n+1) and prove that in the case of the 3-sphere the contactomorphism group is in fact homotopy equivalent to U(2). In the second part of the paper we focus on the group of strict contactomorphisms -- using the framework of Chern-Weil theory we introduce and study contact characteristic classes analogous to the Reznikov Hamiltonian classes in symplectic topology. We carry out several explicit calculations illustrating non-triviality of the contact classes.

  • Indices of quaternionic complexes, Diff. Geom. Appl. 28 (2010), no. 4, 395--405, doi:10.1016/j.difgeo.2010.04.002 or arXiv:0909.0035.

    Abstract: Methods of parabolic geometries have been recently used to construct a class of elliptic complexes on quaternionic manifolds, Salamon's complex being the simplest case. The purpose of this paper is to describe an algorithm to compute their analytical indices in terms of characteristic classes. Using this, we are able to derive some topological obstructions to the existence of quaternionic structures on manifolds.


  • PhD degree thesis: On the Chern-Weil theory for transformation groups of contact manifolds, pdf-file.
    University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
    Supervisor: Jarek Kędra
  • Master's degree thesis: Applications of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.
    Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
    Supervisor: Martin Čadek
    Electronically available here.

Last updated: 8 April 2015, London, UK