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Isoperimetric problems arising in nanophysicsMathematical Physics & Probability
|Speaker: ||Evans Harrell, Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Location: ||693 Kerr|
|Start time: ||Tue, Nov 8 2005, 3:10PM|
Nanophysics is concerned with thin structures such as quantum
wires and waveguides, that are on the quantum scale in at least some dimensions.
The Schr\"odinger equation describing an electron in these
situations is determined by the shape of the thin structure, and
the geometry shows up in the spectrum of the Hamiltonian.
I will begin with an explanation of the sorts of Schr\"odinger equations
that arise in the physics of thin structures. Then some sharp inequalities for
eigenvalues will be presented, and in some circumstances these are
shown to be saturated in the cases of circles or spheres. One result
of this kind, obtained recently in joint work with Loss and Exner,
follows from a new ``isoperimetric'' theorem of a classical type,
viz., that for $p \le 2$, the $L^p$ norm of
the chord $x(s) - x(s+a)$ between two points separated by arclength $a$
on a closed curve of specified total length is maximized by the circle.
This is false for large $p$.
Some non-isoperimetric optimizers and some open questions will also be
Evans will also give a lecture for undergraduates: