Winter 2011 ITS Seminar
Seminars are at 4pm, Tuesdays, in 472 Willamette Hall and are preceded cookies at 3:45.
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Are polymers behaving like snakes? Polymer dynamics is not just reptation.
Homological mirror symmetry and theta series
Mathematics, University of Oregon
The flocks in you: liquid and crystalline flocking in cell membrane action.
Two issues in Cosmology: Initiation of Inflation and Large-Scale Spatial Homogeneity
Vatican Observatories/Univ. of Arizona, Cosmology
Microbes Mining Arsenic: Recent Advances and New Perspectives
Geology, University of Oregon
This talk will explain and put in perspective recent reports of microbes that may use arsenic instead of phosphorus in their DNA.
A singular initial value problem and applications in general relativity
University of Otago, New Zealand
The Fuchsian method applies to certain classes of singular wave equations. Under certain conditions, it allows us to construct solutions with a prescribed singular behavior and gives rise to a well-defined notion of a “singular initial value problem”. In this talk, I recall the Fuchsian method and a new numerical approximation scheme which was introduced by P. LeFloch (Paris) and myself. Then I discuss our current results about applying the method to general relativity.
Prospects for Gravitational-Wave Astronomy: An Update
Physics, University of Oregon
I will provide an update to the ITS seminar I gave a year ago on the status and prospects for the LIGO project. This time I will focus on several emerging areas of gravitational-wave (GW) observations:
current status of LIGO; multi-messenger astronomy with GW observations; the coming (quantum-limited) advanced detectors; and prospects for GW astronomy with advanced detectors.
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