Explicit formulae for Stark Units and Hilbert's 12th problem

Samit Dasgupta
Duke University
October 11, 2018
Hilbert's 12th problem is to provide explicit analytic formulae for elements generating the maximal abelian extension of a given number field. In this talk I will describe an approach to Hilbert’s 12th that involves proving exact p-adic formulae for Gross-Stark units. This builds on prior joint work with Kakde and Ventullo in which we proved Gross’s conjectural leading term formula for Deligne-Ribet p-adic L-functions at s=0. This is joint work with Mahesh Kakde.

Structures in the Floer theory of Symplectic Lie Groupoids

James Pascaleff
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
October 15, 2018
A symplectic Lie groupoid is a Lie groupoid with a
multiplicative symplectic form. We take the perspective that such an object is symplectic manifold with an extra categorical structure. Applying the machinery of Floer theory, the extra structure is expected to yield a monoidal structure on the Fukaya category, and new operations on the closed string invariants. I will take an examples-based approach to working out what these structures are, focusing on cases where the
Floer theory is tractable, such as the cotangent bundle of a compact manifold.

Asymptotic spectra and their applications II

Jeroen Zuiddam
Member, School of Mathematics
October 16, 2018
These two talks will introduce the asymptotic rank and asymptotic subrank of tensors and graphs - notions that are key to understanding basic questions in several fields including algebraic complexity theory, information theory and combinatorics.

Matrix rank is well-known to be multiplicative under the Kronecker product, additive under the direct sum, normalized on identity matrices and non-increasing under multiplying from the left and from the right by any matrices. In fact, matrix rank is the only real matrix parameter with these four properties.

Proto-Neutron Star Winds: Supernova Diversity, Magnetars, and Heavy Element Nucleosynthesis

Todd Thompson
Ohio State University & Institute for Advanced Study
October 16, 2018

The mechanism of the explosion of massive stars remains uncertain. I will
discuss aspects of the critical condition for explosion, the observed
supernova diversity, and the connection to gamma-ray bursts and
super-luminous supernovae. I will focus on the first few seconds after
explosion, during the "proto-neutron star" cooling epoch, when a wind
driven by neutrino heating emerges from the cooling neutron star into the
overlying massive stellar progenitor, powering the explosion. I will