Tel-Aviv University
School of Mathematical Sciences

Department Colloquium

Monday, April 7, 2014

Schreiber 006, 12:15

Ram Band

The Technion

Neumann Nodal Domains

A Laplacian eigenfunction on a two-dimensional manifold dictates some natural partitions of the manifold; the most apparent one being the well studied nodal domain partition. An alternative partition is revealed by considering a set of distinguished gradient flow lines of the eigenfunction - those which are connected to saddle points. These give rise to Neumann nodal domains. We define Neumann nodes and Neumann nodal domains and present their fundamental topological properties. These in turn allow to discuss some aspects of counting the number of Neumann nodal domains, giving estimates on their geometry and connecting them to the 'usual' nodal domains.The talk is based on joint works in progress with David Fajman, Peter Kuchment, Mark Dennis and Alexander Taylor.

Coffee will be served at 12:00 before the lecture
at Schreiber building 006