Title: Asymptotics for Chebyshev Polynomials of Infinite Gap Sets on the Real Line
Abstract: The Chebyshev Polynomials of a compact subset, e, of the complex plane are the monic polynomials minimizing the sup over e. We prove Szego--Widom asymptotics for the Chebyshev Polynomials of a compact subset of R which is regular for potential theory and obeys the Parreau--Widom and DCT conditions. We give indications why these sufficient conditions may also be necessary.
I will discuss the asymptotic behaviour (both on and off the diagonal) of the spectral function of a Schroedinger operator with smooth bounded potential when energy becomes large. I formulate the conjecture that the local density of states (i.e. the spectral function on the diagonal) admits the complete asymptotic expansion and discuss the known results, mostly for almost-periodic potentials.
Given a self-adjoint bounded operator, its spectrum is a compact subset of the real numbers. The space of compact subsets of the real numbers is naturally equipped with the Hausdorff metric. Let $T$ be a topological (metric) space and $(A_t)$ be a family of self-adjoint, bounded operators. In the talk, we study the (Hölder-)continuity of the map assigning to each $t\in T$ the spectrum of the operator $A_t$.
Abstract: Consider a random matrix with i.i.d. normal entries. Since its distribution is invariant under rotations, any normalized eigenvector is uniformly distributed over the unit sphere. For a general distribution of the entries, this is no longer true. Yet, if the size of the matrix is large, the eigenvectors are distributed approximately uniformly. This property, called delocalization, can be quantified in various senses. In these lectures, we will discuss recent results on delocalization for general random matrices.
Title: Harmonic maps with prescribed singularities and applications to general relativity
Abstract: We will present a general theory of existence and uniqueness for harmonic maps with prescribed singularities into Riemannian manifolds with non-positive curvature. The singularities are prescribed along submanifolds of co-dimension 2. This result generalizes one from 1996, and is motivated by a number of recent applications in general relativity including:
* a lower bound on the ADM mass in terms of charge and angular momentum for multiple black holes;
Abstract: The Gromov non-squeezing theorem in symplectic geometry states that is not possible to embed symplectically a ball into a cylinder of smaller radius, although this can be done with a volume preserving embedding. Hence, the biggest radius of a ball that can be symplectically embedded into a symplectic manifold can be used as a way to measure the "symplectic size'' of the manifold. We call the square of this radius times the number \pi the Gromov width of the symplectic manifold. The Gromov width as a symplectic invariant is extended through the notion of "Symplectic Capacity".
A (countable) group G is homogeneous if whenever g,h are tupples of the same type in G, there is an automorphism of G sending g to h.
We give a characterization of freely-indecomposable torsion-free hyperbolic groups which are homogeneous, in terms of a particular decomposition as a graph of groups - their JSJ decomposition. This is joint work with Chloe Perin.
Abstract: In this talk, I will introduce diffeological spaces and some (co)homology theories on these spaces. I will also talk on Thom-Mather spaces and their (co)homology in the diffeological context.
Abstract: Knot Floer homology is an invariant for knots in the three-sphere defined using methods from symplectic geometry. I will describe a new algebraic formulation of this invariant which leads to a reasonably efficient computation of these invariants. This is joint work with Zoltan Szabo.
In the first talk we gave a brief outline of the contents of the course. In the rest of the semester we will get deeper into some topics. In the coming lecture ( and the next one) we will discuss Kazhdan property T and its connections with expanders and with first cohomology groups. No prior knowledge will be assumed.