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Monday, January 27, 2014

2:00 pm in 147 Altgeld Hall,Monday, January 27, 2014

Reidemeister Torsion and Combinatorial Vector Fields

Mark Schubel (UIUC Physics)

Abstract: We discuss the relationship between Reidemeister torsion and combinatorial vector fields and their flows. We begin by introducing the twisted chain complex and defining Reidemeister torsion and proving some basic properties. We will use this to show that the Reidemeister torsion of a space can be written as the product of the torsion each of the basic sets.

4:00 pm in 245 Altgeld Hall,Monday, January 27, 2014

Isoperimetric Inequality and Q-curvature

Yi Wang (Stanford University)

Abstract: A well-known question in differential geometry is to prove the isoperimetric inequality under intrinsic curvature conditions. In dimension 2, the isoperimetric inequality is controlled by the integral of the positive part of the Gaussian curvature. In my recent work, I prove that on simply connected conformally flat manifolds of higher dimensions, the role of the Gaussian curvature can be replaced by the Branson's Q-curvature. The isoperimetric inequality is valid if the integral of the Q-curvature is below a sharp threshold. Moreover, the isoperimetric constant depends only on the integrals of the Q-curvature. The proof relies on the theory of $A_p$ weights in harmonic analysis.

5:00 pm in 241 Altgeld,Monday, January 27, 2014

Organizational Meeting