Forthcoming Seminars

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
Today
12:45
Joao Silva
Abstract

We discuss the Mellin amplitude formalism for Conformal Field Theories
(CFT's).  We state the main properties of nonperturbative CFT Mellin
amplitudes: analyticity, unitarity, Polyakov conditions and polynomial
boundedness at infinity. We use Mellin space dispersion relations to
derive a family of sum rules for CFT's. These sum rules suppress the
contribution of double twist operators. We apply the Mellin sum rules
to: the epsilon-expansion and holographic CFT's.

  • String Theory Seminar
Today
14:15
Richard Thomas
Abstract

Fix a Calabi-Yau 3-fold X. Its DT invariants count stable bundles and sheaves on X. The generalised DT invariants of Joyce-Song count semistable bundles and sheaves on X. I will describe work with Soheyla Feyzbakhsh showing these generalised DT invariants in any rank r can be written in terms of rank 1 invariants. By the MNOP conjecture the latter are determined by the GW invariants of X.
Along the way we also show they are determined by rank 0 invariants counting sheaves supported on surfaces in X. These invariants are predicted by S-duality to be governed by (vector-valued, mock) modular forms.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
Today
15:45
Arman Darbinyan
Abstract

Topologically speaking, left-orderable countable groups are precisely those countable groups that embed into the group of orientation preserving homeomorphisms of the real line. A recent advancement in the theory of left-orderable groups is the discovery of finitely generated left-orderable simple groups by Hyde and Lodha. We will discuss a construction that extends this result by showing that every countable left-orderable group is a subgroup of such a group. We will also discuss some of the algebraic, geometric, and computability properties that this construction bears. The construction is based on novel topological and geometric methods that also will be discussed. The flexibility of the embedding method allows us to go beyond the class of left-orderable groups as well. Based on a joint work with Markus Steenbock.

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Today
16:00
GREG PAVLIOTIS
Abstract

I will present recent results on the statistical behaviour of a large number of weakly interacting diffusion processes evolving under the influence of a periodic interaction potential. We study the combined mean field and diffusive (homogenisation) limits. In particular, we show that these two limits do not commute if the mean field system constrained on the torus undergoes a phase transition, i.e., if it admits more than one steady state. A typical example of such a system on the torus is given by mean field plane rotator (XY, Heisenberg, O(2)) model. As a by-product of our main results, we also analyse the energetic consequences of the central limit theorem for fluctuations around the mean field limit and derive optimal rates of convergence in relative entropy of the Gibbs measure to the (unique) limit of the mean field energy below the critical temperature. This is joint work with Matias Delgadino (U Texas Austin) and Rishabh Gvalani (MPI Leipzig).

 

 

  • Stochastic Analysis & Mathematical Finance Seminars
Today
16:00
Elia Bruè
Abstract

I will present a new existence result for isoperimetric sets of  large volume on manifolds with nonnegative Ricci curvature and  Euclidean volume growth, under an additional assumption on the structure of tangent cones at infinity. After a brief discussion on the sharpness of the additional  assumption, I will show that it is always verified on manifolds with nonnegative sectional curvature. I will finally present the main ingredients of proof emphasizing the key role of nonsmooth techniques tailored for the study of RCD  spaces, a class of metric measure structures satisfying a synthetic notion of Ricci curvature bounded below. This is based on a joint work with G. Antonelli, M. Fogagnolo and M. Pozzetta.

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  • Partial Differential Equations Seminar
Today
16:00
TBA
Akshat Mudgal

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  • Junior Number Theory Seminar
Tomorrow
12:00
Leonhard Kehrberger
Abstract

Penrose's proposal of smooth conformal compactification is not only of geometric elegance, it also makes concrete predictions on physically measurable objects such as the "late-time tails" of gravitational waves.  At the same time, the physical motivation for a smooth null infinity remains itself unclear. In this talk, building on arguments due to Christodoulou, Damour and others, I will show that, in generic gravitational collapse, the "peeling property" of gravitational radiation is violated (so one cannot attach a smooth null infinity). Moreover, I will explain how this violation of peeling is in principle measurable in the form of leading-order deviations from the usual late-time tails of gravitational radiation.

This talk is based on https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.08079, https://arxiv.org/abs/2105.08084 and... .

It will be a hybrid seminar on both zoom and in-person in L5. 

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Tomorrow
14:00
Mauro Faccin
Abstract

Model reduction is one of the most used tools to characterize real-world complex systems. A large realistic model is approximated by a simpler model on a smaller state space, capturing what is considered by the user as the most important features of the larger model. In this talk we will introduce a new information-theoretic criterion, called "autoinformation", that aggregates states of a Markov chain and provide a reduced model as Markovian (small memory of the past) and as predictable (small level of noise) as possible. We will discuss the connection of autoinformation to widely accepted model reduction techniques in network science such as modularity or degree-corrected stochastic block model inference. In addition to our theoretical results, we will validate such technique with didactic and real-life examples. When applied to the ocean surface currents, our technique, which is entirely data-driven, is able to identify the main global structures of the oceanic system when focusing on the appropriate time-scale of around 6 months.
arXiv link: https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.00337

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Tomorrow
14:00
Peter Van Hintum
Abstract

I'll consider recent results concerning the stability of the classic Brunn-Minkowski inequality. In particular, I will focus on the linear stability for homothetic sets. Resolving a conjecture of Figalli and Jerison, we showed there are constants $C,d>0$ depending only on $n$ such that for every subset $A$ of $\mathbb{R}^n$ of positive measure, if $|(A+A)/2 - A| \leq d |A|$, then $|co(A) - A| \leq C |(A+A)/2 - A|$ where $co(A)$ is the convex hull of $A$. The talk is based on joint work with Hunter Spink and Marius Tiba.

  • Combinatorial Theory Seminar

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