Seminars and Colloquia by Series

Projection and Nyström methods for FIE on bounded and unbounded intervals

Series
Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar
Time
Monday, February 9, 2009 - 13:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Giuseppe MastroianniDept. of Mathematics and Informatics, Univ. of Basilicata, Italy)
In this talk I will show a simple projection method for Fredholm integral equation (FIE) defined on finite intervals and a Nyström method for FIE defined on the real semiaxis. The first method is based the polynomial interpolation of functions in weighted uniform norm. The second one is based on a Gauss truncated quadrature rule. The stability and the convergence of the methods are proved and the error estimates are given.

Introduction to the h-principle

Series
Geometry Topology Working Seminar
Time
Friday, February 6, 2009 - 15:00 for 2 hours
Location
Skiles 269
Speaker
Mohammad GhomiSchool of Mathematics, Georgia Tech

Please Note: (Please note this course runs from 3-5 pm.)

h-Principle consists of a powerful collection of tools developed by Gromov and others to solve underdetermined partial differential equations or relations which arise in differential geometry and topology. In these talks I will describe the Holonomic approximation theorem of Eliashberg-Mishachev, and discuss some of its applications including the sphere eversion theorem of Smale. Further I will discuss the method of convex integration and its application to proving the C^1 isometric embedding theorem of Nash.

The field of average tile orientations in random tilings with holes

Series
Combinatorics Seminar
Time
Friday, February 6, 2009 - 15:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Mihai CiucuIndiana University and Georgia Tech
The study of random tilings of planar lattice regions goes back to the solution of the dimer model in the 1960's by Kasteleyn, Temperley and Fisher, but received new impetus in the early 1990's, and has since branched out in several directions in the work of Cohn, Kenyon, Okounkov, Sheffield, and others. In this talk, we focus on the interaction of holes in random tilings, a subject inspired by Fisher and Stephenson's 1963 conjecture on the rotational invariance of the monomer-monomer correlation on the square lattice. In earlier work, we showed that the correlation of a finite number of holes on the triangular lattice is given asymptotically by a superposition principle closely paralleling the superposition principle for electrostatic energy. We now take this analogy one step further, by showing that the discrete field determined by considering at each unit triangle the average orientation of the lozenge covering it converges, in the scaling limit, to the electrostatic field. Our proof involves a variety of ingredients, including Laplace's method for the asymptotics of integrals, Newton's divided difference operator, and hypergeometric function identities.

On the long-time behavior of 2-d flows

Series
School of Mathematics Colloquium
Time
Thursday, February 5, 2009 - 11:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 269
Speaker
Alexander ShnirelmanDepartment of Mathematics, Concordia University
Consider the 2-d ideal incompressible fluid moving inside a bounded domain (say 2-d torus). It is described by 2-d Euler equations which have unique global solution; thus, we have a dynamical system in the space of sufficiently regular incompressible vector fields. The global properties of this system are poorly studied, and, as much as we know, paradoxical. It turns out that there exists a global attractor (in the energy norm), i.e. a set in the phase space attracting all trajectories (in spite the fact that the system is conservative). This apparent contradiction leads to some deep questions of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Knots and Open Book Decompositions

Series
Research Horizons Seminar
Time
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 - 12:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Sinem Celik OnaranDepartment of Mathematics, Middle East Technical University
Due to Alexander, it is well known that every closed oriented 3-manifold has an open book decomposition. In this talk, we will define open book decompositions of 3-manifolds. We will discuss various examples and sketch the proof of Alexander's theorem. Further, we will discuss the importance of the open books in manifold theory, in particular in contact geometry.

Hamiltonian identities for Elliptic PDEs and their applications

Series
PDE Seminar
Time
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 15:05 for 1.5 hours (actually 80 minutes)
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Changfeng GuiUniversity of Connecticut
In this talk I will present Hamiltonian identities for elliptic PDEs and systems of PDEs. I will also show some interesting applications of these identities to problems related to solutions of some nonlinear elliptic equations in the entire space or plane. In particular, I will give a rigorous proof to the Young's law in triple junction configuration for a vector-valued Allen Cahn model arising in phase transition; a necessary condition for the existence of certain saddle solutions for Allen-Cahn equation with asymmetric double well potential will be derived, and the structure of level sets of general saddle solutions will also be discussed.

Binary Black Hole Simulations - Mission Accomplished(?)

Series
CDSNS Colloquium
Time
Monday, February 2, 2009 - 16:30 for 2 hours
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Pablo LagunaSchool of Physics, Georgia Tech
I will review results from binary black hole simulations and the role that these simulations have in astrophysics and gravitational wave observations. I will then focus on the mathematical and computational aspects of the recent breakthroughs in numerical relativity that have made finding binary black hole solutions to the Einstein field equations an almost routine exercise.

Reversibility and duality of SLE

Series
Job Candidate Talk
Time
Monday, February 2, 2009 - 15:00 for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location
Skiles 255
Speaker
Dapeng Zhan Yale University
Stochastic Loewner evolution (SLE) introduced by Oded Schramm is a breakthrough in studying the scaling limits of many two-dimensional lattice models from statistical physics. In this talk, I will discuss the proofs of the reversibility conjecture and duality conjecture about SLE. The proofs of these two conjectures use the same idea, which is to use a coupling technique to lift local couplings of two SLE processes that locally commute with each other to a global coupling. And from the global coupling, we can clearly see that the two conjectures hold.

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