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Virtual Centre for Random Geometry
  • , Speaker: Tanushree Shah, Glasgow University
    4:00 PM IST

    Classification of tight contact structures on some Seifert fibered manifolds

    I will start by introducing contact structures. They come in two flavors: tight and overtwisted. Classification of overtwisted contact structures is well understood as opposed to tight contact structures. Tight contact structures have been classified on some 3 manifolds like S^3, R^3, Lens spaces, toric annuli, and almost all Seifert fibered manifolds with 3 exceptional fibers. We look at classification on one example of the Seifert fibered manifold with 4 exceptional fibers. I will explain the Legendrian surgery and convex surface theory which help us calculate the lower bound and upper bound of a number of tight contact structures. If time permits I will show how this method can be generalized for classification on a wider class of Seifert fibered manifolds.


  • , Speaker: Bharathwaj Palvannan, IISc
    4:30 PM IST

    An ergodic approach towards an equidistribution result of Ferrero–Washington

    An ergodic approach towards an equidistribution result of Ferrero–Washington

    Abstract: An important ingredient in the Ferrero--Washington proof of the vanishing of cyclotomic \mu-invariant for Kubota--Leopoldt p-adic L-functions is an equidistribution result which they established using the Weyl criterion. In joint work with Jungwon Lee, we provide an alternative proof by adopting a dynamical approach. We study an ergodic skew-product map on \Z_p * [0,1], which is then suitably identified as a factor of the 2-sided Bernoulli shift on the alphabet space {0,1,2,…,p-1}.

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  • , Speaker: Herbert Spohn, Technical University Munich
    11:30 PM IST

    Generalized Gibbs ensembles of the Calogero fluid

    Over recent years there have been widespread activities to understand the hydrodynamic scale of integrable many-body systems. Since such systems have an extensive number of local conservation laws, the standard notion of Gibbs measures has to be extended so to include this very special feature. The Calogero fluid are classical particles in one dimension which interact through the pair potential 1/(sinh) squared. I will explain how the transformation to scattering coordinates relates to the free energy of generalized Gibbs measures.

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  • , Speaker: Radhika Gupta, TIFR
    4:30 PM IST

    Alexander polynomial of the mapping torus of a graph map

    Alexander polynomial was originally defined as a tool to differentiate knots. Later, its definition was extended to any finitely presented group. In this talk I will define the polynomial. Then I will explain, with the help of an example, how to obtain a determinant formula for the Alexander polynomial of the fundamental group of the mapping torus of a graph map. Joint with Spencer Dowdall and Sam Taylor. 

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  • , Speaker: Kuntal Banerjee, Presidency University, Kolkata
    2:00 PM IST

    Total variation and chaos

    If we have a chaotic self map f on a metric space X then we may ask how the total variations of the iterates of the chaotic map on the image of a curve in X change. This has been studied for chaotic interval maps and it is known that the total variation of the n-th iterate of the map on the image of any curve on the interval grows to infinity with n. We study this change for the real line and finite graphs which include the circle and finite trees. This is a joint work with Anubrato Bhattacharyya and Subhamoy Mondal.


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  • , Speaker: Malavika Mukundan, University of Michigan
    4:30 PM IST

    Dynamical embeddings and approximations

    The words 'dynamical embedding' are broadly used to describe a phenomenon where a certain aspect of a dynamical system is embedded in another. In this talk, we explore two instances of this phenomenon in the dynamics of polynomials: firstly, embeddings of families of postcritically finite (pcf) unicritical polynomials of degree n into the same family in degree n+1, and secondly, embeddings of Multibrot sets into the space of bicritical odd polynomials. We will also explore how such embeddings can be used to answer the following question: given an entire function with a dynamical property X, when can f be approximated by polynomials with the same property X?


  • , Speaker: Akashdeep Dey, Princeton University and University of Toronto
    4:30 PM IST

    Abundant existence of minimal hypersurfaces

    This is the third talk in a series of three talks on the variational theory of minimal hypersurfaces. In this talk, I will discuss the following theorems. By the works of Marques-Neves and Song, every closed Riemannian manifold M^n, 3 \leq n \leq 7, contains infinitely many closed, minimal hypersurfaces. This was conjectured by Yau. For generic metrics, stronger results have been obtained. Irie, Marques and Neves proved that for a generic metric g on M, the union of all closed, minimal hypersurfaces is dense in (M, g). This theorem was later quantified by Marques, Neves and Song; they proved that for a generic metric there exists an equidistributed sequence of closed, minimal hypersurfaces in (M, g). In higher dimensions, Li proved that every closed Riemannian manifold, equipped with a generic metric, contains infinitely many closed minimal hypersurfaces. The Weyl law for the volume spectrum, proved by Liokumovich, Marques and Neves, played a major role in the proofs of these theorems. Inspired by the abundant existence of closed minimal hypersurfaces, we showed that the number of closed c-CMC hypersurfaces in a closed Riemannian manifold M^n, n \geq 3, tends to infinity as c \rightarrow 0^+.  


  • , Speaker: Akashdeep Dey, Princeton University and University of Toronto
    4:30 PM IST

    Morse theory for the area functional

    This is the second talk in a series of three talks on the variational theory of minimal hypersurfaces. In this talk, I will discuss the following theorems. When the ambient dimension 3 \leq n \leq 7, Marques and Neves showed that the index of the min-max minimal hypersurface is bounded from above by the dimension of the parameter space. Zhou proved the multiplicity one property for the min-max minimal hypersurfaces, which was conjectured by Marques and Neves. In the Almgren-Pitts min-max theory, the min-max width is realized by the area of a closed minimal hypersurface, with the possibility that the connected components of the minimal hypersurface can have different multiplicities. The multiplicity one theorem says that for a generic metric, all the min-max minimal hypersurfaces have multiplicity one. Using the Morse index upper bound and multiplicity one theorem, Marques and Neves have proved the following theorem. For a generic metric g, there exists a sequence of closed, embedded, two-sided minimal hypersurfaces {S_p} in (M^n, g) such that the Morse index Ind(S_p) = p and area(S_p) \sim p^{1/n}. In higher dimensions (i.e. when n \geq 8), the Morse index upper bound has been proved by Li.

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  • , Speaker: Akashdeep Dey, Princeton University and University of Toronto
    4:30 PM IST

    Min-max construction of minimal hypersurfaces

    In the 1960s, Almgren developed a min-max theory to construct closed minimal submanifolds in an arbitrary closed Riemannian manifold. The regularity theory in the co-dimension 1 case was further developed by Pitts and Schoen-Simon. In particular, by the combined works of Almgren, Pitts and Schoen-Simon, in every closed Riemannian manifold M^n, n \geq 3, there exists at least one closed, minimal hypersurface. Recently, the Almgren-Pitts min-max theory has been further developed to show that minimal hypersurfaces exist in abundance.

    In addition to the Almgren-Pitts min-max theory, there is an alternative PDE based approach for the min-max construction of minimal hypersurfaces. This approach was introduced by Guaraco and further developed by Gaspar and Guaraco. It is based on the study of the limiting behaviour of solutions to the Allen-Cahn equation. In my talk, I will briefly describe the Almgren-Pitts min-max theory and the Allen-Cahn min-max theory and discuss the question to what extent these two theories agree.

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  • , Speaker: Balarka Sen, TIFR
    4:30 PM IST

    Gromov-Tischler theorem for symplectic stratified spaces

    Singular symplectic spaces appear naturally as examples of reduced Hamiltonian phase spaces in physics as well as singular projective algebraic varieties in mathematics. We give a unified and geometric definition for these objects, and prove a singular variant of the Gromov-Tischler theorem: such a space with an integral symplectic form can always be embedded symplectically inside the complex projective space. On the way we discuss the topology of stratified spaces, symplectic reduction and h-principles. 

    This is joint work with Mahan Mj.

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