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Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium

"Soap film" problems in affine and complex geometry

David Barrett
University of Michigan

Thursday, April 11
3:30 p.m.
NH 276

The classic Plateau's problem asks for a surface of vanishing mean curvature whose boundary is a given space curve. (The problem is designed to model the behavior of a soap film attached to a wire frame.) The talk will explore "simplest possible" analogues of this problem for other kinds of geometry, with an initial discussion of a computer image recognition problem to provide motivation. The talk will make use of 2012 REU work by Aviva Siegel.


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