School of Mathematics

Arnold diffusion for `complete' families of perturbations with two or three independent harmonics

Amadeu Delshams
April 9, 2018
Abstract: We prove that for any non-trivial perturbation depending on any two independent harmonics of a pendulum and a rotor there is global instability. The proof is based on the geometrical method and relies on the concrete computation of several scattering maps.

Fukaya categories of Calabi-Yau hypersurfaces

Paul Seidel
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Member, School of Mathematics
April 9, 2018

Consider a Calabi-Yau manifold which arises as a member of a Lefschetz pencil of anticanonical hypersurfaces in a Fano variety. The Fukaya categories of such manifolds have particularly nice properties. I will review this (partly still conjectural) picture, and how it constrains the field of definition of the Fukaya category.

Protein Folding Characterization via Persistent Homology

Marcio Gameiro
University of Sao Paolo
April 7, 2018

We use persistent homology to analyze predictions of protein folding by trying to identify global geometric structures that contribute to the error when the protein is misfolded. The goal is to find correlations between global geometric structures, as measured by persistent homology, and the failure to predict the correct folding. This technique could be useful in guiding the energy minimization techniques to the correct minimum corresponding to the desired folding.

Exceptional holonomy and related geometric structures: Examples and moduli theory.

Simon Donaldson
Stonybrook University
April 4, 2018

We will discuss the constructions of compact manifolds with exceptional holonomy (in fact, holonomy $G_{2}$),  due to Joyce and Kovalev.  These both use “gluing constructions”. The first involves de-singularising quotient spaces and the second constructs a 7-manifold from “building blocks” derived from Fano threefolds.  We will explain how the local moduli theory is determined by a period map and discuss connections between the global moduli problem and Riemannian convergence theory (for manifolds with bounded Ricci curvature).