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Wednesday, December 1, 2004

12:00 pm in 136 Burrill,Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Stochastic Models of Ion Channels

Bruce Hajek   [email] (UIUC ECE)

Abstract: The talk addresses the problem of modeling the flow of ions through channels formed by proteins embedded in cell membranes. Reversibility, diffusion limits, and excursions are useful tools in the analysis. The talk is based on joint work with my former student Juan Alvarez.

2:00 pm in 148 Henry,Wednesday, December 1, 2004

The variety of Lagrangian subalgebras and Poisson homogeneous spaces

Samuel Evens (University of Notre Dame)

Abstract: I will discuss the variety of Lagrangian subalgebras in the direct sum of a complex semisimple Lie algebra with itself. I will describe its irreducible components in terms of generalized Belavin-Drinfeld triples, orbits of a diagonal subgroup on this variety, and recover the Belavin-Drinfeld classification of quasi-triangular R-matrices. The variety of Lagrangian subalgebras has a Poisson structure, and I will explain how to compute its rank at any point.

3:00 pm in 1 Illini Hall,Wednesday, December 1, 2004

Finite Representations of a quiver arising from string theory

Xinyun Zhu (UIUC Math)

Abstract: In a continuation of Cachazo, Katz and Vafa (``Geometric transitions and N=1 theories'' (hep-th/0108120)), we examine representations of ``N=1 quivers'' arising from string theory. We derive some mathematical consequences of the physics, and show that these results are a natural extension of Gabriel's ADE theorem. Extending the usual ADE case that relates quiver representations to curves on surfaces, we relate these new quiver representations to curves on threefolds.

4:00 pm in 341 Altgeld Hall,Wednesday, December 1, 2004

2D topological gravity and the KdV hierarchy

Richard Corrado (UIUC Physics)

Abstract: Two-dimensional topological gravity is a physical theory that can be used to compute the intersection theory of the moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. We will elaborate on the role of the KdV hierarchy in the solutions to this theory, including the identification of certain matrix integrals with the tau functions of integrable hierarchies.