The colloquium typically meets Mondays at 4:00 PM in Room 617 on the sixth floor of Wachman Hall.
The colloquium is preceded by tea starting at 3:30 in the Faculty Lounge, adjacent to Room 617. Click on title for abstract.
Nick Higham, University of Manchester
Abdelhamid Meziani, Florida International University
Donatella Danielli, Purdue University
Francis Bonahon, USC
Eduardo Teixeira, University of Central Florida
Phil Gressman, University of Pennsylvania
John Voight, Dartmouth College
A Belyi map is a finite, branched cover of the complex projective line that is unramified away from 0, 1, and infinity. Belyi maps arise in many areas of mathematics, and their applications are just as numerous. They gained prominence in Grothendieck's program of dessins d'enfants, a topological/combinatorial way to study the absolute Galois group of the rational numbers.
In this talk, we survey computational methods for Belyi maps, and we exhibit a uniform, numerical method that works explicitly with power series expansions of modular forms on finite index subgroups of Fuchsian triangle groups. This is joint work with Jeroen Sijsling and with Michael Klug, Michael Musty, and Sam Schiavone.
Jose Maria Diego Rodriguez, Instituto de Fisica de Cantabria
Dark matter is arguably one of the main mysteries in modern physics. We know how much is there, we know where it is but we don't know what it is. Despite the numerous (and expensive) efforts on Earth to directly detect the alleged and elusive dark matter particle, experimental evidence remains as elusive as the dark matter particle itself. As of today, the strongest (and only) experimental evidence for dark matter still comes from astrophysical probes. One of such probes is gravitational lensing that can be used to map the distribution of dark matter on cosmological scales. I will briefly review the most popular candidates for dark matter and focus on our research that uses gravitational lensing to rule out some of these candidates.