Past Functional Analysis Seminar

16 March 2017
14:00
Lashi Bandara
Abstract


We study the Atiyah-Singer Dirac operator on smooth Riemannian Spin manifolds with smooth compact boundary. Under lower bounds on injectivity radius and bounds on the Ricci curvature and its first derivatives, we demonstrate that this operator is stable in the Riesz topology under bounded perturbations of local boundary conditions. Our work is motivated by the spectral flow and its connection to the Riesz topology. These results are obtained by obtaining similar results for a more wider class of elliptic first- order differential operators on vector bundles satisfying certain general curvature conditions. At the heart of our proofs lie methods from Calderón-Zygmund harmonic analysis coupled with the modern operator theory point of view developed in proof of the Kato square root conjecture.
 

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
7 March 2017
17:00
Abstract

Let $X$ be a compact Hausdorff space and $C(X)$ be the space of continuous real-valued functions on $X$ endowed with the topology of uniform convergence. Assume we are given a finite number of closed subalgebras $A_1, \dots A_k$ of $C(X)$. Our talk is devoted to the following problem. What conditions imposed on $A_1, \dots, A_k$ are necessary and/or sufficient for the representation $C(X) = A_1 +\dots + A_k$? For the case $k = 1$, the history of this problem goes back to 1937 and 1948 papers by M. Stone. A version of the corresponding famous result, known as the Stone-Weierstrass theorem, states that a closed subalgebra $A \subset C(X)$, which contains a nonzero constant function, coincides with the whole space $C(X)$ if and only if $A$ separates points of $X$.

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
21 February 2017
17:00
Michael Whittaker
Abstract

A self-similar groupoid action (G,E) consists of a faithful action of a groupoid G on the path space of a graph which displays a notion of self-similarity. In this talk I will explain this concept and consider KMS states on associated Cuntz-Pimsner C*-algebras. This talk is based on joint work with Marcelo Laca, Iain Raeburn, and Jacqui Ramagge

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
7 February 2017
17:00
Gyorgy Geher
Abstract

The classical Banach-Stone theorem describes the structure of onto linear isometries of the Banach space $C(K)$ of all continuous functions on a compact Hausdorff space $K$. Namely, such an isometry is always a product of a composition operator with a homeomorphism symbol and a multiplication operator with a continuous symbol which has modulus 1.

Recently, similar results have been obtained in the setting of certain class of probability measures. In my talk first, I will give an overview of these results, and then I will present the main ideas of a recent work. Namely, I will provide a characterisation of all surjective isometries of the (non-linear) space of all Borel probability measures on an arbitrary separable Banach space with respect to the famous Levy-Prokhorov distance (which metrises the weak convergence). This is a recent joint work with Tamas Titkos (MTA Alfred Renyi Institute of Mathematics, Budapest, Hungary).

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
31 January 2017
17:00
Ian Wood
Abstract

 

We study a spectral problem which is related to the propagation of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystal waveguides. The waveguide is created by introducing a linear defect into a periodic medium. The defect is infinitely extended and aligned with one of the coordinate axes. Under certain geometrical assumptions, the underlying Maxwell operator reduces to an elliptic operator and we study the effect of the perturbation by the waveguide on its spectrum. We show that the perturbation introduces guided mode spectrum inside the band gaps of the fully periodic, unperturbed spectral problem and use variational arguments to prove that guided mode spectrum can be created by arbitrarily small perturbations.

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
8 November 2016
17:00
Alexander Pushnitski
Abstract


I will report on the results of my recent work with Dmitri Yafaev (Univeristy of Rennes-1). We consider functions $\omega$ on the unit circle with a finite number of logarithmic singularities. We study the approximation of $\omega$ by rational functions in the BMO norm. We find explicitly the leading term of the asymptotics of the distance in the BMO norm between $\omega$ and the set of rational functions of degree $n$ as $n$ goes to infinity. Our approach relies on the Adamyan-Arov-Krein theorem and on the study of the asymptotic behaviour of singular values of Hankel operators.
 

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
18 October 2016
17:00
Abstract

The talk will be a survey of recent work on the connections between group operator systems and non-signalling correlations. I will show how tensor products in the operator system category can be interpreted as physical theories, and will exhibit a refinement of non-signalling corrections giving rise to quantum attributes of graphs, including quantum versions of the chromatic and the fractional chromatic number. Relations between the parameters will be examined and further directions will be discussed.

  • Functional Analysis Seminar

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