Prof. David Futer (Temple): Can you hear the shape of a 3-manifold?

General public Colloquium / Congress / Forum

In the 1960s, Marc Kac popularized the question, "Can you hear the shape of a drum?" In slightly more mathematical language, the question asks: "Can you determine the shape of a domain in the plane from the spectrum of frequencies at which it vibrates?" The study of this question has been extended to surfaces and manifolds of other dimensions.

We now know that the answer is usually “no." There exist planar domains (and surfaces, and 3-dimensional manifolds) that have the same spectrum but different shapes. However, essentially all known counterexamples are related by a rigid cut-and paste procedure. I will explain how this works in the context of 3-dimensional manifolds, leading up to on some recent joint work with Christian Millichap.

When? 05.03.2019 17:15
Where? PER 08 auditoire 2.52
Chemin du Musée 3
1700 Fribourg
speaker Prof. David Futer
Contact Département de mathématiques
Isabella Schmutz