Dartmouth Geometry Seminar
Fall 2023–Spring 2024
Thursday 1:20-2:20 PM
307 Kemeny Hall
This term, the Geometry seminar will use the same weekly slot as the Functional Analysis seminar.
The schedule below includes both Geometry and Functional Analysis talks. Functional analysis talks are marked in blue.
Special meeting times are marked in red.
Date Speaker Title
Sept. 14 Alena Erchenko
(Dartmouth College)
Marked boundary rigidity for Anosov type surfaces
Sept. 21 Michael Montgomery
(Dartmouth College)
A category of reproducing kernel Hilbert algebras
Sept. 28 John D. Trout
(Dartmouth College)
States, spectra, and numerical radii in operator algebras
Oct. 5 Thibault Lefeuvre
(Sorbonne Universite)
The marked length spectrum of Anosov surfaces
Oct. 12 Erik van Erp
(Dartmouth College)
Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry - Part I
Oct. 19 Nisha Chandramoorthy
(Georgia Tech)
Rigorous computations for linear response and Bayesian inference in chaotic systems
Oct. 26 Karen Butt
(University of Chicago)
Nov. 2 Dmitry Jakobson
(McGill University)
Nov. 9 Erik van Erp
(Dartmouth College)
Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry - Part II
Nov. 16 JinCheng Wang
(Tufts University)


September 14, 2023: Alena Erchenko "Marked boundary rigidity for Anosov type surfaces"

Abstract: Consider a smooth compact connected oriented surface with boundary of Anosov type, i.e., it has a strictly convex boundary, no conjugate points, and hyperbolic trapped set. We prove that if two metrics of Anosov type have same marked boundary distance, then they are isometric. One of the main ingredients is a new transfer principle showing that the marked length spectrum rigidity conjecture implies the marked boundary distance rigidity conjecture under the existence of a suitable isometric embedding into a closed Anosov manifold. This is joint work with Thibault Lefeuvre.

September 21, 2023: Michael Montgomery "A category of reproducing kernel Hilbert algebras"

Abstract: In the talk we will develop a natural definition (in the categorical sense) of an algebra structure on a reproducing kernel Hilbert space. This definition is also equivalent to subconvolutivity of weight functions in examples from harmonic analysis. We will then show the category of reproducing kernel Hilbert algebras (RKHA) is closed under orthogonal sums, tensor products, pushouts, and pullbacks such that the spectrum is a functor compatible with these constructions. Furthermore, the image of the spectrum as a functor from RKHA to Top contains all compact subspaces of R^n, n>0.

September 28, 2023: John D. Trout "States, spectra, and numerical radii in operator algebras"

Abstract: We will discuss the relationship between spectra of elements and states in unital Banach and C*-algebras, and how these relate to the numerical radii of elements. For example, we will discuss elementary proofs that every member of the spectrum of any element in a unital Banach algebra is realized by some state (i.e., unital linear functional of norm one) on the algebra. Then, for various algebras, we will show how to explicitly construct the states that realize these spectral elements. We will then strengthen this result using the holomorphic functional calculus.

October 5, 2023: Thibault Lefeuvre "The marked length spectrum of Anosov surfaces"

Abstract: On a closed Riemannian manifold, the marked length spectrum rigidity problem consists in recovering the metric from the knowledge of the lengths of its closed geodesics (marked by the free homotopy classes of the manifold). I will present a solution to this problem for Anosov surfaces namely, surfaces with uniformly hyperbolic geodesic flow (such as negatively-curved surfaces). The proof blends hyperbolic dynamics, complex geometry and microlocal analysis. Joint work with Gabriel P. Paternain and Colin Guillarmou.

October 12, 2023: Erik van Erp "Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry - Part I"

Abstract: TBD

October 19, 2023: Nisha Chandramoorthy "Rigorous computations for linear response and Bayesian inference in chaotic systems"

Abstract: Linear response refers to the smooth change in the statistics of an observable in a dynamical system in response to a smooth parameter change in the dynamics. The computation of linear response has been a challenge, despite work pioneered by Ruelle giving a rigorous formula in Anosov systems. This is because typical linear perturbation-based methods are not applicable due to their instability in chaotic systems. Here, we give a new differentiable splitting of the parameter perturbation vector field, which leaves the resulting split Ruelle’s formula amenable to efficient computation. A key ingredient of the overall algorithm, called space-split sensitivity, is a new recursive method to differentiate quantities along the unstable manifold. Of particular importance is the score – gradient of log density – of the conditional density of the SRB measure along the unstable manifold. This fast algorithm for the conditional scores motivates our attack of another longstanding computational challenge in high-dimensional dynamics – sampling from Bayesian filtering distributions, which we discuss in the second half of the talk. Bayesian filtering is repeated Bayesian inference, and we develop a new transport-based formulation of Bayesian inference, in the setting where the score of the target distribution is known, such as in the above scenario. Transport maps are transformations between the sample space of a source (which is generally easy to sample) and a target (typically non-Gaussian) probability distribution. The new transport map is a constructive solution of an infinite-dimensional generalization of a Newton method to find the zero of a “score operator”. We define such a score operator that gives the difference of the score of a transported distribution from the target score. The Newton iteration enjoys fast convergence under smoothness assumptions and does not make a parametric ansatz on the transport map.

October 26, 2023: Karen Butt "TBD"

Abstract: TBD

November 2, 2023: Dmitry Jakobson "TBD"

Abstract: TBD

November 9, 2023: Erik van Erp "Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry - Part II"

Abstract: TBD

November 16, 2023: JinCheng Wang "TBD"

Abstract: TBD