LMS Research School: Point Configurations: Deformations and Rigidity

University College London
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Gero Friesecke (TU Munich), Douglas Hardin and Edward Saff (Vanderbilt University) and Danylo Radchenko (ETH Zurich)

LMS Research School at the University College London: Point Configurations: Deformations and Rigidity (27 June 2022 – 1st July 2022)

Organisers: Codina Cotar (UCL, London) and Mircea Petrache (PUC, Santiago)

The aim of the research summer school is to present several different modern perspectives on the rigidity and deformability of optimum point configurations. Three main points of view are presented in the lecture courses: the point of view of material science and elasticity; the point of view of approximation theory; and the point of view of the methods of Viazovska, based on linear programming bounds.

There will be three main lecture courses (of six hours each), accompanied by tutorial classes (of four hours each), on the following topics:

  • "Crystallization in classical particle systems" by Gero Friesecke, 
  • "Optimal and Near Optimal Energy Minimizing Point Configurations" by Douglas Hardin and Edward Saff, and
  • "Modular forms, universal optimality and Fourier interpolation" by Danylo Radchenko.

Additionally, there will be distinguished plenary lectures by: Keith Ball, Werner Krauth, Franz Merkl and Sylvia Serfaty.

Financial Aid is available to cover the full local expenses of research students (and to waive their registration fees), and to contribute towards their travel costs.

More information can be found on the summer school website: https://sites.google.com/view/pointconfig2020/