Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 2:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
The problem in the talk is motivated by the following problem. Suppose we need to place sprinklers on a field to ensure that every point of the field gets certain minimal amount of water. We would like to find optimal places for these sprinklers, if we know which amount of water a point $y$ receives from a sprinkler placed at a point $x$; i.e., we know the potential $K(x,y)$. This problem is also known as finding the $N$-th Chebyshev constant of a compact set $A$. We study how the distribution of $N$ optimal points (sprinklers) looks when $N$ is large. Solving such a problem also provides an algorithm to approximate certain given distributions with discrete ones. We discuss connections of this problem to minimal discrete energy and to potential theory.