Infosheet (February 28th, 2017) |
Queen's University - Department of Mathematics and Statistics |
Tuesday, February 28 |
Seminar in Free Probability and Random Matrices Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: Jeffery 222 |
Speaker: Mario Diaz, Queen’s University Title: The linearization technique. Part II: non-commutative rational functions and their linearizations Abstract Attached |
Tuesday, February 28 |
Dynamics Seminar Time: 3:30 p.m. Place: Jeffery 422 |
Speaker: Francesco Cellarosi, Queen’s University Title: Introduction to SUSY quantum mechanics Abstract Attached |
Thursday, March 2 |
Math Club Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Jeffery 118 |
Speaker: Ivan Dimitrov Title: The one-sentence proof Abstract Attached |
Friday, March 3 |
Number Theory Seminar Time: 10:30 a.m. Place: Jeffery 422 |
Speaker: Sacha Mangerel, University of Toronto Title: Some Applications of Pretentiousness in the Theory of Dirichlet Characters Abstract Attached |
Friday, March 3 |
Department Colloquium Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: Jeffery 234 |
Speaker: Enrico Arbarello, La Sapienza – Università di Roma Title: Hyperplane sections of K3 surfaces Abstract Attached |
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Tuesday, February 28, 2:30 p.m. Jeffery 222
Seminar in Free Probability and Random Matrices
Speaker: Mario Diaz
Title: The linearization technique. Part II: non-commutative rational functions and their linearizations
Abstract: Last time we showed that every complex polynomial in non-commutative variables can be linearized into a linear polynomial with matricial coefficients. In this talk we will show that this is also true for a non-commutative rational function.
Seminar website: http://www.mast.queensu.ca/~mingo/seminar/
Tuesday, February 28, 3:30 p.m. Jeffery 422 - Dynamics Seminar
Speaker: Francesco Cellarosi
Title: Introduction to SUSY quantum mechanics
Abstract: I will give an elementary introduction to supersymmetric quantum mechanics, motivated by Dirac's derivation of the spectrum of the harmonic oscillator in 1935.
Thursday, March 2, 5:30 p.m. Jeffery 118 - Math Club
Speaker: Ivan Dimitrov
Title: The one-sentence proof
Abstract: This talk will discuss the one-sentence proof that every prime congruent to 1 modulo 4 can be written as a sum of squares.
Friday, March 3, 10:30 a.m. Jeffery 422 - Number Theory Seminar
Speaker: Sacha Mangerel
Title: Some Applications of Pretentiousness in the Theory of Dirichlet Characters
Abstract: ''Pretentious'' methods in analytic number theory, as introduced by Granville and Soundararajan, are powerful tools in the analysis of mean values and correlations of multiplicative functions. In this talk, we will give two applications of these tools to problems involving Dirichlet characters.
i) For a non-principal Dirichlet character $\chi$ modulo $q$, define $M(\chi)=\max_{t } |\sum_{n \leq t} \chi(n)|$. The classical P\'{o}lya-Vinogradov inequality asserts that $M(\chi) \ll \sqrt{q} \log q$ unconditionally, and on the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis (GRH), Montgomery and Vaughan showed that $M(\chi) \ll \sqrt{q} \log \log q$. We discuss a recent improvement, in joint work with Y. Lamzouri, to both of these results in the case that $\chi$ has odd order. This improvement on GRH is best possible up to a factor of $\log \log \log \log q$.
One of the key ingredients in the proof of the upper bounds is a new Hal\'asz-type inequality for logarithmic mean values of completely multiplicative functions.
ii) Time permitting, we will also discuss the following rigidity theorem related to binary correlations of Dirichlet characters.
If $f : \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is a 1-bounded multiplicative function for which there is a primitive Dirichlet character $\chi$ of conductor $q$ such that $$\sum_{n \leq x} f(n)\bar{f(n+h)} = (1+o(1))\sum_{n \leq x} \chi(n)\bar{\chi(n+h)}$$ for all shifts $|h| \leq H$, then if $H \rightarrow \infty$ with $x$ then $f$ ''pretends'' to be $\chi$ in a precise sense. This is joint work with O. Klurman.
Friday, March 3, 2:30 p.m. Jeffery 234 - Department Colloquium
Speaker: Enrico Arbarello
Title: Hyperplane sections of K3 surfaces
Abstract: K3 surfaces and their hyperplane sections play a central role in algebraic geometry. This is a survey of the work done during the past five years to characterize which smooth curves lie on a K3 surface. Related topics will be discussed. These are joint works with a combination of the following authors: Andrea Bruno, Gavril Farkas, Edoardo Sernesi and Giulia Saccà.