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Series: High Dimensional Seminar

Computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a large matrix is a basic task in high dimensional data analysis with many applications in computer science and statistics. In practice, however, data is often perturbed by noise. A natural question is the following: How much does a small perturbation to the matrix change the eigenvalues and eigenvectors? In this talk, I will consider the case where the perturbation is random. I will discuss perturbation results for the eigenvalues and eigenvectors as well as for the singular values and singular vectors. This talk is based on joint work with Van Vu, Ke Wang, and Philip Matchett Wood.

Series: Geometry Topology Seminar

Following an idea of Hugelmeyer, we give a knot theory reproof of a theorem of Schnirelman: Every smooth Jordan curve in the Euclidian plane has an inscribed square. We will comment on possible generalizations to more general Jordan curves.

Our main knot theory result is that the torus knot T(2n,1) in S^1xS^2 does not arise as the boundary of a locally-flat Moebius band in S^1xB^3 for square-free integers n>1. For context, we note that for n>2 and the smooth setting, this result follows from a result of Batson about the non-orientable 4-genus of certain torus knots. However, we show that Batson's result does not hold in the locally flat category: the smooth and topological non-orientable 4-genus differ for the T(9,10) torus knot in S^3.

Based on joint work with Marco Golla.

Series: Analysis Seminar

In this talk we will discuss some some extremal problems for polynomials. Applications to the problems in discrete dynamical systems as well as in the geometric complex analysis will be suggested.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:45 ,
Location: Skiles 005 ,
Peter Feller ,
ETH Zurich ,
peter.feller@math.ethz.ch ,
Organizer: JungHwan Park

In the setup of classical knot theory---the study of embeddings of the circle into S^3---we recall two examples of classical knot invariants: the Alexander polynomial and the Seifert form.

We then introduce notions from knot-concordance theory, which is concerned with the study of slice surfaces of a knot K---surfaces embedded in the 4-ball B^4 with boundary the knot K. We will comment on the difference between the smooth and topological theory with a focus on a surprising feature of the topological theory: classical invariants govern the existence of slice surfaces of low genus in a way that is not the case in the smooth theory. This can be understood as an analogue of a dichotomy in the study of smooth and topological 4-manifolds.

Series: Research Horizons Seminar

Mathematical billiards naturally arise in mechanics, optics, acoustics, etc. They also form the most visual class of dynamical systems with evolution covering all the possible spectrum of behaviours from integrable (extremely regular) to strongly chaotic. Billiard is a (deterministic) dynamical system generated by an uniform (by inertia) motion of a point particle within a domain with piecewise smooth walls ("a billiard table"). I will introduce all needed notions on simple examples and outline some open problems. This talk is also a preparatory talk to a Mathematical Physics seminar (on Monday April 8) where a new direction of research will be discussed which consider physical billiards where instead of a point (mathematical) particle a real physical hard sphere moves. To a complete surprise of mathematicians and PHYSICISTS evolution of a billiard may completely change (and in different ways) in transition from mathematical to physical billiards. It a rare example when mathematicians surprise physicists. Some striking results with physicists are also already obtained. I will (again visually) explain at the end of RH why it is surprising that there could be difference between Math and Phys billiards.

Series: CDSNS Colloquium

It is anticipated that the invariant statistics of many of smooth dynamical systems with a `chaotic’ asymptotic character are given by invariant measures with the SRB property- a geometric property of invariant measures which, roughly, means that the invariant measure is smooth along unstable directions. However, actually verifying the existence of SRB measures for concrete systems is extremely challenging: indeed, SRB measures need not exist, even for systems exhibiting asymptotic hyperbolicity (e.g., the figure eight attractor).

The study of asymptotic properties for dynamical systems in the presence of noise is considerably simpler. One manifestation of this principle is the theorem of Ledrappier and Young ’89, where it was proved that under very mild conditions, stationary measures for a random dynamical system with a positive Lyapunov exponent are automatically random SRB measures (that is, satisfy the random analogue of the SRB property). I will talk today about a new proof of this result in a joint work with Lai-Sang Young. This new proof has the benefit of being (1) conceptually lucid and to-the-point (the original proof is somewhat indirect) and (2) potentially easily adapted to more general settings, e.g., to appropriate infinite-dimensional random dynamics, such as time-t solutions to certain classes SPDE (this generalization is an ongoing work, joint with LSY).

Series: PDE Seminar

In a joint work with Sameer Iyer, the validity of steady Prandtl layer expansion is established in a channel. Our result covers the celebrated Blasius boundary layer profile, which is based on uniform quotient estimates for the derivative Navier-Stokes equations, as well as a positivity estimate at the flow entrance.

Series: School of Mathematics Colloquium

A classical particle moving in an inverse square central force, like a planet in the gravitational field of the Sun, moves in orbits that do not precess. This lack of precession, special to the inverse square force, indicates the presence of extra conserved quantities beyond the obvious ones. Thanks to Noether's theorem, these indicate the presence of extra symmetries. It turns out that not only rotations in 3 dimensions, but also in 4 dimensions, act as symmetries of this system. These extra symmetries are also present in the quantum version of the problem, where they explain some surprising features of the hydrogen atom. The quest to fully understand these symmetries leads to some fascinating mathematical adventures.

Series: Geometry Topology Seminar

Which 3-manifolds smoothly embed in the 4-sphere? This seemingly simple question turns out to be rather subtle. Using Donaldson's theorem, we derive strong restrictions to embedding a Seifert fibered space over an orientable base surface, which in particular gives a complete classification when e > k/2, where k is the number of exceptional fibers and e is the normalized central weight. Our results point towards a couple of interesting conjectures which I'll discuss. This is joint work with Duncan McCoy.