Please note that the list below only shows forthcoming events, which may not include regular events that have not yet been entered for the forthcoming term. Please see the past events page for a list of all seminar series that the department has on offer.


Past events in this series

Mon, 30 Oct 2023

Quantitative implications of positive scalar curvature.

(Université Paris Est Créteil)

Until the 2010’s the only « comparison geometry » result for compact Riemannian manifolds (M^n,g) with scal≥n(n-1) was Greene’s upper bound on the injectivity radius. Moreover, it is known that classical metric invariants (volume, diameter) cannot be controlled by a lower bound on the scalar curvature alone. It has only recently been discovered that some more subtle invariants, such as 2-systoles, can be controlled under a lower bounds on scal provided M has enough topology. We will present some results of Bray-Brendle-Neves (in dim 3), Zhu (in dim≤7) for S^2xT^(n-2), some version for S^2xS^2 and some conjecture with more general topology which we show to hold true under the additional assumption of Kaehlerness.

Mon, 06 Nov 2023

Understanding infinite groups via their actions on Banach spaces

Cornelia Drutu

One way of studying infinite groups is by analysing
 their actions on classes of interesting spaces. This is the case
 for Kazhdan's property (T) and for Haagerup's property (also called a-T-menability),
 formulated in terms of actions on Hilbert spaces and relevant in many areas
(e.g. for the Baum-Connes conjectures, in combinatorics, for the study of expander graphs, in ergodic theory, etc.)
Recently, these properties have been reformulated for actions on Banach spaces,
with very interesting results. This talk will overview some of these reformulations
 and their applications. Part of the talk is on joint work with Ashot Minasyan and Mikael de la Salle, and with John Mackay.

Mon, 20 Nov 2023


Alexander Schenkel
(University of Nottingham)