ACO The ACO Seminar (2015–2016)

Apr. 7, 3:30pm, Wean 8220
Matthew Kahle, Ohio State University
Configuration spaces of hard spheres


Configuration spaces of points are well studied in algebraic topology. Giving the points some positive thickness has obvious physical meaning: in this case the configuration space is equivalent to the phase space, or energy landscape, or a hard spheres gas. But despite their obvious mathematical and physical appeal, little is known so far about the topology of such spaces. I will survey some recent results in this area (joint work with a number of collaborators), covering computational and theoretical aspects.

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