Online Seminar "Geometric Analysis"

Since the coronavirus pandemic forces us to cancel workshops, conferences and seminars, we need new ways to stay connected. So lets make the best out of it and join forces to build an online seminar able to compete with all our local research seminars.

How it (should) work

Mailing list

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List of Upcoming Talks

24. 11. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
John Maddocks (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
01. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Marius Müller (University Ulm, Germany)
08. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Ursula Ludwig (University Duisburg, Germany) An Extension of a Theorem by Cheeger and Müller to Spaces with Isolated Conical Singularities
Abstract:
An important comparison theorem in global analysis is the comparison of analytic and topological torsion for smooth compact manifolds equipped with a unitary flat vector bundle. It has been conjectured by Ray and Singer and has been independently proved by Cheeger and Mu ̈ller in the 70ies. Bismut and Zhang combined the Witten deformation and local index techniques to generalise the result of Cheeger and Mu ̈ller to arbitrary flat vector bundles with arbitrary Hermitian metrics. The aim of this talk is to present an extension of the Cheeger-Mu ̈ller theorem to spaces with isolated conical singularities by generalising the proof of Bismut and Zhang to the singular setting.
15. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Herrmann Karcher (University Bonn, Germany) Numerical experiments with closed constant curvature space curves
12. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Rupert Frank (TU Munich, Germany)
19. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Wilderich Tuschmann (KIT, Germany)
26. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Tobias Weth (University Frankfurt, Germany)
02.02. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Paul Creutz (University Cologne, Germany) Area minimizing surfaces for singular boundary values

Complete List of Talks

03. 04. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Philipp Reiter (University Halle, Germany) A bending‐twist model for elastic rods
07. 04. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Remy Rodiac (University Paris-Saclay, France) Inner variations and limiting vorticities for the Ginzburg-Landau equations video
14. 04. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Daniel Steenebrügge (RWTH Aachen, Germany) A speed preserving Hilbert gradient flow for generalized integral Menger curvature video
21. 04. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Andrew Sageman-Furnas (TU Berlin, Germany) Navigating the space of Chebyshev nets video
21. 04. 2020, 20:00 (CEST)
Siran Li (Rice University, USA) Isometric Immersions of Riemannian Manifolds into Euclidean Spaces, Revisited video
28. 04. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Bastian Käfer (RWTH Aachen, Germany) A Möbius invariant energy for sets of arbitrary dimension and codimension video
05. 05. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Huy The Nguyen (Queen Mary University London, United Kingdom) High Codimension Mean Curvature Flow and Surgery video
05. 05. 2020, 20:00 (CEST)
Elena Mäder-Baumdicker (TU Darmstadt, Germany) The Morse index of Willmore spheres and its relation to the geometry of minimal surfaces
12. 05. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Jesse Ratzkin (University Würzburg) On constant Q-curvature metrics with isolated singularities and a related fourth order conformal invariant video
19. 05. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Volker Branding (University Vienna, Austria) Higher order generalizations of harmonic maps video
26. 05. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Katharina Brazda (University Vienna, Austria) The Canham-Helfrich model for multiphase biomembranes video
02. 06. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Lynn Heller (University Hannover) Area Estimates for High genus Lawson surfaces via DPW video
09. 06. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Sven Pistre (RWTH Aachen, Germany) The Radon transform and higher regularity of surfaces minimising a Finsler area video
16. 06. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Marc Pegon (University Paris-Diderot, France) Partial regularity for fractional harmonic maps into spheres video
Abstract:
Similarly to “classical” harmonic maps, which are critical points of the Dirichlet energy, fractional harmonic maps are defined as critical points of a fractional Dirichlet energy associated with the $s$-power of the Laplacian, for $s in (0,1)$. In this talk, after a brief reminder on classical harmonic maps, I will present the fractional setting and the partial regularity results we have obtained for maps valued into a sphere. In the case of half harmonic maps ($s= rac{1}{2}$), I will also recall the connection with minimal surfaces with free boundary, which allowed us to improve known regularity results for energy minimizing maps into spheres.
16. 06. 2020, 20:00 (CEST)
Myfanwy Evans (University Potsdam, Germany) Periodic tangling
Abstract:
This talk will introduce the use of geometric ideas in the characterisation and analysis of tangled biophysical systems. It will introduce the construction of idealised tangled structures using ideas of both symmetry and homotopy of tangled lines on surfaces. These structures provide an extensive set of tangling motifs for the exploration of the behaviour of tangled microstructures in liquids, and I will show preliminary results working towards this goal, including an example of the geometry-driven swelling of human skin cells.
23. 06. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Miles Simon (University Magdeburg, Germany) On the regularity of Ricci flows coming out of metric spaces. video
Abstract:
Joint work with Alix Deruelle, Felix Schulze We consider solutions to Ricci flow defined on manifolds M for a time interval $(0,T)$ whose Ricci curvature is bounded uniformly in time from below, and for which the norm of the full curvature tensor at time $t$ is bounded by $c/t$ for some fixed constant $c>1$ for all $t in (0,T)$. From previous works, it is known that if the solution is complete for all times $t>0$, then there is a limit metric space $(M,d_0)$, as time t approaches zero. We show : if there is a open region $V$ on which $(V,d_0)$ is *smooth*, then the solution can be extended smoothly to time zero on $V$.
30. 06. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Peter Topping (University Warwick, United Kingdom) Uniqueness of limits in geometric flows video
Abstract:
Quite often when considering long-time behaviour of geometric flows, or considering blow-ups of singularities in geometric PDE, we extract limits using soft compactness arguments. For example, a flow might easily be seen to converge to a limit at a *sequence* of times converging to infinity. The more subtle question is then whether the flow converges as time converges to infinity, without having to restrict to a sequence of times. I will outline some of the issues that arise in this subject, focussing on gradient flows for the harmonic map energy, and sketch some recent work with M.Rupflin and J.Kohout.
07. 07. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Ruben Jakob (Technion, Israel) Generic full smooth convergence of the elastic energy flow in the 2-sphere video
Abstract:
The speaker is going to present his recent investigation of the ``Moebius invariant Willmore flow'' (MIWF) in the 3-sphere and of some particular version of the ``elastic energy flow'' (EEF) in the 2-sphere. We will discuss the interaction between these two geometric flows via the Hopf fibration and the resulting possibility to transfer particular insights about the ``EEF'' to the ``MIWF'', and vice versa special insights about the ``MIWF'' back to the ``EEF''. A big motivation for this parallel investigation is the announced proof (by the speaker) of the ''generic full smooth convergence'' of the ``EEF'' in the 2-sphere.
14. 07. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Christian Bär (University Potsdam, Germany) Counter-intuitive approximations video
Abstract:
The Nash-Kuiper embedding theorem is a prototypical example of a counter-intuitive approximation result: any short embedding of a Riemannian manifold into Euclidean space can be approximated by *isometric* ones. As a consequence, any surface can be isometrically $C^1$-embedded into an arbitrarily small ball in $R^3$. For $C^2$-embeddings this is impossible due to curvature restrictions. We will present a general result which will allow for approximations by functions satisfying strongly overdetermined equations on open dense subsets. This will be illustrated by three examples: real functions, embeddings of surfaces, and abstract Riemannian metrics on manifolds.
21. 07. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Carla Cederbau (University Tübingen, Germany) On CMC-foliations of asymptotically flat manifolds video
Abstract:
In 1996, Huisken and Yau proved existence of foliations by constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces in the asymptotic end of an asymptotically Euclidean Riemannian manifold. Their work has inspired the study of various other foliations in asymptotic ends, most notably the foliations by Willmore surfaces (Lamm, Metzger, Schulze) and by constant expansion/null mean curvature surfaces in the context of asymptotically Euclidean initial data sets in General Relativity (Metzger). I will present a new foliation by constant spacetime mean curvature surfaces (STCMC), also in the context of asymptotically Euclidean initial data sets in General Relativity (joint work with Sakovich). The STCMC-foliation is well-suited to define a notion of total center of mass in General Relativity.
28. 07. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Nadine Große (University Freiburg, Germany) Boundary value problems on singular domains: an approach via bounded geometries video
Abstract:
In this talk, we consider boundary value problems on domains with non smooth boundaries. We approach this problem by transferring it to non-compact manifolds with a suffiently nice geometry -- the bounded geometry. This gives a more general framework that allows to handle Dirichlet (or Dirichlet-Neumann mixed) boundary value problems for domains with a larger class of singularities on the boundary and gives a nice geometric interpretation. This is joint work with Bernd Ammann (Regensburg) and Victor Nistor (Metz).
04. 08. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Melanie Rupflin (University Oxford, UK) Łojasiewicz inequalities near simple bubble trees for the $H$ surface equation
Abstract:
In this talk we discuss a gap phenomenon for critical points ofthe $H$-functional on closed non-spherical surfaces when $H$ is constant, and in this setting furthermore prove that sequences of almost critical points satisfy Łojasiewicz inequalities as they approach the first non-trivial bubble tree. To prove these results we derive sufficient conditions for Łojasiewicz inequalities to hold near a finite-dimensional submanifold of almost-critical points for suitable functionals on a Hilbert space. The presented results are joint work with Andrea Malchiodi and Ben Sharp.
11. 08. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Julian Scheuer (University Cardiff, UK) Concavity of solutions to elliptic equations on the sphere video
Abstract:
An important question in PDE is when a solution to an elliptic equation is concave. This has been of interest with respect to the spectrum of linear equations as well as in nonlinear problems. An old technique going back to works of Korevaar, Kennington and Kawohl is to study a certain two-point function on a Euclidean domain to prove a so-called concavity maximum principle with the help of a first and second derivative test. To our knowledge, so far this technique has never been transferred to other ambient spaces, as the nonlinearity of a general ambient space introduces geometric terms into the classical calculation, which in general do not carry a sign. In this talk we have a look at this situation on the unit sphere. We prove a concavity maximum principle for a broad class of degenerate elliptic equations via a careful analysis of the spherical Jacobi fields and their derivatives. In turn we obtain concavity of solutions to this class of equations. This is joint work with Mat Langford, University of Tennessee Knoxville.
18. 08. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Richard Bamler (University of California Berkeley, USA) Ricci flow in higher dimensions video
Abstract:
I will present new results concerning Ricci flows in higher dimensions
25. 08. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Max Engelstein (University of Minnesota Winding for Wave Maps video
Abstract:
Wave maps are harmonic maps from a Lorentzian domain to a Riemannian target. Like solutions to many energy critical PDE, wave maps can develop singularities where the energy concentrates on arbitrary small scales but the norm stays bounded. Zooming in on these singularities yields a harmonic map (called a soliton or bubble) in the weak limit. One fundamental question is whether this weak limit is unique, that is to say, whether different bubbles may appear as the limit of different sequences of rescalings. We show by example that uniqueness may not hold if the target manifold is not analytic. Our construction is heavily inspired by Peter Topping's analogous example of a winding bubble in harmonic map heat flow. However, the Hamiltonian nature of the wave maps will occasionally necessitate different arguments. This is joint work with Dana Mendelson (U Chicago).
01. 09. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Peter McGrath (North Carolina State University) Quantitative Isoperimetric Inequalities on Riemannian Surfaces video
Abstract:
In this talk, we introduce a scattering asymmetry which measures the asymmetry of a domain by quantifying its incompatibility with an isometric circle action. We prove a quantitative isoperimetric inequality involving the scattering asymmetry and characterize the domains with vanishing scattering asymmetry by their rotational symmetry. We also give a new proof of the sharp Sobolev inequality for Riemannian surfaces which is independent of the isoperimetric inequality. This is joint work with J. Hoisington.
08. 09. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Ryan Alvarado (Amherst College) A characterization of the Sobolev embedding theorem in metric-measure spaces.
Abstract:
Historically, the Sobolev embedding theorem on domains has played a key role in establishing many fundamental results in the area of analysis and it is well known that the geometry of the underlying domain is intimately linked to the availability of these embeddings. In fact, certain geometrical characterizations of domains which support Sobolev embeddings have been obtained in the Euclidean setting, albeit in the plane. In this talk, we will revisit these embedding theorems in the more general context of metric-measure spaces and discuss some recent work which identifies a measure theoretic condition that is both necessary and sufficient to ensure their veracity. A measure characterization of Sobolev extension domains in the metric setting as well as applications of our methods to spaces supporting $p$-Poincaré inequalities will also be discussed. This talk is based on joint work with Przemysław Górka (Warsaw University of Technology), Piotr Hajłasz (University of Pittsburgh).
22.09.2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Fritz Hiesmayr (University College London, UK) A rigidity theorem for the Allen-Cahn equation in $S^3$
Abstract:
We present a recent rigidity theorem for the Allen-Cahn equation in the three-sphere: critical points with Morse index are symmetric and vanish on a Clifford torus. One key ingredient is a novel Frankel-type property we establish for the nodal sets of any two distinct solutions: they intersect if they are connected. This in fact holds in all manifolds with positive Ricci curvature. Time permitting we will discuss additional rigidity results in higher-dimensional spheres.
29. 09. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Anna Siffert (University Münster, Germany) Constructing explicit p-harmonic functions
Abstract:
The study of $p$-harmonic functions on Riemannian manifolds has invoked the interest of mathematicians and physicists for nearly two centuries. Applications within physics can for example be found in continuum mechanics, elasticity theory, as well as two-dimensional hydrodynamics problems involving Stokes flows of incompressible Newtonian fluids. In my talk I will focus on the construction of explicit $p$-harmonic functions on rank-one Lie groups of Iwasawa type. This joint work with Sigmundur Gudmundsson and Marko Sobak.
06. 10. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Jonas Hirsch (University Leipzig, Germany) On the regularity of area minimzing currents mod(p) video
Abstract:
Joint work with C. De Lellis, A Marches and S. Stuvard In this talk I would like to give a glimpse on the regularity of area minimzing currents mod(p). Motivation: If one considers real soap films one notice that from time to time one can find configurations where different soap films join on a common piece. One possibility to allow this kind of phenomenon is to consider flat chains with coefficients in $mathbb Z_p$. For instance for $p = 2$ one can deal with unoriented surfaces, for $p = 3$ one allows triple junctions. Considering area minimzing currents within this class the aim is to give a bound on the Hausdorff dimension of the singular set sing(T) in the interior. These are alle points where the precise representative of the minimiser T is not even locally supported on a piece of a $C^{1,lpha}$ regular surface.
After a short introduction into general theory of currents mod(p), I will give you glimpse on the previously known results and on our new bound on the Hausdorff dimension of the set. If time permits I will give a short outlook of what we would be the expected result.
13.10.2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Renan Assimos (MPI Leipzig, Germany) On a spherical Bernstein theorem by B. Solomon
Abstract:
Joint work with J. Jost: A result of B.Solomon (On the Gauss map of an area-minimizing hypersurface. 1984. Journal of Differential Geometry, 19(1), 221-232.) says that a compact minimal hypersurface $M^k$ of the sphere $S^{k+1}$ with $H^1(M)=0$, whose Gauss map omits a neighborhood of an $S^{k−1}$ equator, is totally geodesic in $S^{k+1}$. In this talk, I will present a new proof strategy for Solomon's theorem which allows us to obtain analogous results for higher codimensions. If time permits, we sketch the proof for codimension 2 compact minimal submanifolds of $S^{k+1}$.
20. 10. 2020, 19:00 (CEST)
Daniel Campbell (University of Hradec Kralove, Czeck Republic) Pathological Sobolev homeomorphisms in GFT and NE video
Abstract:
Sobolev homeomorphisms are the natural choice for minimization problems in non-linear elasticity. For the regularity of these problems it would be useful to be able to approximate these maps by smooth homeomorphisms in their corresponding Sobolev space (the so-called Ball-Evans problem). We construct a pair of homeomorphisms for which is impossible simultaneously solving the Hajlasz problem. That is we construct a Sobolev homeomorphism equalling identity on the boundary of a cube but with negative Jacobian almost everywhere.
27. 10. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Simon Brendle (Columbia University, USA) The isoperimetric inequality for minimal surfaces
03. 11. 2020, 19:15 (CET)
Henrik Matthiesen New minimal surfaces from shape optimization
Abstract:
I will discuss the connection between sharp eigenvalue bounds and minimal surfaces in two cases: The first eigenvalue of the Laplacian on a closed surface among unit area metrics, and the first Steklov eigenvalue on a compact surface with non empty boundary among metrics with unit length boundary. In both cases maximizing metrics - if they exist - are induced by certain minimal immersions. More precisely, minimal immersions into round spheres for the closed case and free boundary minimal immersions into Euclidean balls in the bordered case. I will discuss the solution of the existence problem for maximizers in both these cases, which provides many new examples of minimal surfaces of the aforementioned types. This is based on joint work with Anna Siffert in the closed case and Romain Petrides in the bordered case.
10. 11. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Julia Menzel (University Regensburg, Germany) Boundary Value Problems for Evolutions of Willmore Type
Abstract:
The Willmore flow arises as the $L^2$-gradient flow of the Willmore energy which is itself given by the integrated squared mean curvature of the considered surface. After a short introduction and review of known results on the Willmore flow of curves and closed surfaces, we discuss the existence of solutions to the Willmore flow of compact open surfaces immersed in Euclidean space subject to Navier boundary conditions. We further study the elastic flow of planar networks composed of curves meeting in triple junctions. As a main result we obtain that starting from a suitable initial network the flow exists globally in time if the length of each curve remains uniformly bounded away from zero and if at least one angle at each triple junction stays uniformly bounded away from zero, $pi$ and $2 pi$. This talk is based on my recently submitted PhD thesis and includes joint work with H. Abels, H. Garcke and A. Pluda.
17. 11. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Behnam Esmayli (University of Pittsburgh) Co-area formula for maps into metric spaces
Abstract:
Co-area formula for maps between Euclidean spaces contains, as its very special cases, both Fubini's theorem and integration in polar coordinates formula. In 2009, L. Reichel proved the coarea formula for maps from Euclidean spaces to general metric spaces. I will discuss a new proof of the latter by the way of an implicit function theorem for such maps. An important tool is an improved version of the coarea inequality (a.k.a Eilenberg inequality) that was the subject of a recent joint work with Piotr Hajlasz. Our proof of the coarea formula does not use the Euclidean version of it and can thus be viewed as a new (and arguably more geometric) proof in that case as well.
24. 11. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
John Maddocks (EPF Lausanne, Switzerland)
01. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Marius Müller (University Ulm, Germany)
08. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Ursula Ludwig (University Duisburg, Germany) An Extension of a Theorem by Cheeger and Müller to Spaces with Isolated Conical Singularities
Abstract:
An important comparison theorem in global analysis is the comparison of analytic and topological torsion for smooth compact manifolds equipped with a unitary flat vector bundle. It has been conjectured by Ray and Singer and has been independently proved by Cheeger and Mu ̈ller in the 70ies. Bismut and Zhang combined the Witten deformation and local index techniques to generalise the result of Cheeger and Mu ̈ller to arbitrary flat vector bundles with arbitrary Hermitian metrics. The aim of this talk is to present an extension of the Cheeger-Mu ̈ller theorem to spaces with isolated conical singularities by generalising the proof of Bismut and Zhang to the singular setting.
15. 12. 2020, 19:00 (CET)
Herrmann Karcher (University Bonn, Germany) Numerical experiments with closed constant curvature space curves
12. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Rupert Frank (TU Munich, Germany)
19. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Wilderich Tuschmann (KIT, Germany)
26. 01. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Tobias Weth (University Frankfurt, Germany)
02.02. 2021, 19:00 (CET)
Paul Creutz (University Cologne, Germany) Area minimizing surfaces for singular boundary values

Organizers

Simon Blatt (University Salzburg)

Philipp Reiter (University Halle)

Armin Schikorra (University Pittsburgh)

Guofang Wang (University Freiburg)