School of Mathematics

Isoperimetry and boundaries with almost constant mean curvature

Francesco Maggi
The University of Texas at Austin; Member, School of Mathematics
February 12, 2019
We review various recent results aimed at understanding bubbling into spheres for boundaries with almost constant mean curvature. These are based on joint works with Giulio Ciraolo (U Palermo), Matias Delgadino (Imperial College London), Brian Krummel (Purdue), Cornelia Mihaila (U Chicago), and Robin Neumayer (Nothwestern and IAS).

Min-max solutions of the Ginzburg-Landau equations on closed manifolds

Daniel Stern
Princeton University
February 12, 2019
We will describe recent progress on the existence theory and asymptotic analysis for solutions of the complex Ginzburg-Landau equations on closed manifolds, emphasizing connections to the existence of weak minimal submanifolds of codimension two. On manifolds with nontrivial first cohomology group, our results rely on new estimates for the Ginzburg-Landau energies along paths of maps connecting distinct homotopy classes of circle-valued maps, which may be of independent interest.

On the topology and index of minimal surfaces

Davi Maximo
University of Pennsylvania; Member, School of Mathematics
February 5, 2019
For an immersed minimal surface in $R^3$, we show that there exists a lower bound on its Morse index that depends on the genus and number of ends, counting multiplicity. This improves, in several ways, an estimate we previously obtained bounding the genus and number of ends by the index. Our new estimate resolves several conjectures made by J. Choe and D.

Spacetime positive mass theorem

Lan-Hsuan Huang
University of Connecticut; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
February 5, 2019
It is fundamental to understand a manifold with positive scalar curvature and its topology. The minimal surface approach pioneered by R. Schoen and S.T. Yau have advanced our understanding of positively curved manifolds. A very important result is their resolution to the Riemannian positive mass theorem. In general relativity, the concepts of positive scalar curvature and minimal surfaces naturally extend. The extensions connect to a more general statement, so-called the spacetime positive mass conjecture.

Non-commutative rank

Visu Makam
University of Michigan; Member, School of Mathematics
February 5, 2019

A linear matrix is a matrix whose entries are linear forms in some indeterminates $t_1,\dots, t_m$ with coefficients in some field $F$. The commutative rank of a linear matrix is obtained by interpreting it as a matrix with entries in the function field $F(t_1,\dots,t_m)$, and is directly related to the central PIT (polynomial identity testing) problem. The

Drinfeld's lemma for schemes

Kiran Kedlaya
University of California, San Diego; Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics
February 4, 2019
In the course of constructing the Langlands correspondence for GL(2) over a function field, Drinfeld discovered a surprising fact about the interaction between étale fundamental groups and products of schemes in characteristic p. We state this result, describe a new approach to it involving a generalization to perfectoid spaces, and mention an application in p-adic Hodge theory (from joint work with Carter and Zabradi).

The Sample Complexity of Multi-Reference Alignment

Philippe Rigollet
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Visiting Professor, School of Mathematics
February 4, 2019
How should one estimate a signal, given only access to noisy versions of the signal corrupted by unknown cyclic shifts? This simple problem has surprisingly broad applications, in fields from aircraft radar imaging to structural biology with the ultimate goal of understanding the sample complexity of Cryo-EM. We describe how this model can be viewed as a multivariate Gaussian mixture model whose centers belong to an orbit of a group of orthogonal transformations.

Near-Optimal Strong Dispersers

Dean Doron
The University of Texas at Austin
February 4, 2019

Randomness dispersers are an important tool in the theory of pseudorandomness, with numerous applications. In this talk, we will consider one-bit strong dispersers and show their connection to erasure list-decodable codes and Ramsey graphs.