Freitag, 27. Oktober 2023

Thank you to all participants!


The fall meeting of the Swiss Mathematical Society takes place on the UniDistance Suisse Campus in Brig in the form of a Geometry Day. Everyone is welcome to attend, but please register by October 23rd using the form below.

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10:30 - 11:00 Welcome & Coffee
11:00 - 11:50 Stefan Wenger
12:00 Lunch on Campus
13:10 - 14:00 Anton Alekseev
14:10 - 15:00 Frank Kutzschebauch
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:20 Claire Burrin
16:30 - 17:20 Peter Feller
18:00 Dinner


Anton Alekseev (University of Geneva)

Symplectic structures on Teichmüller spaces

In this talk, we use the definition of Teichmüller spaces as spaces of hyperbolic metrics on 2-surfaces modulo the connected component of the diffeomorphism group. By the classical results of Weil, Peterson and Wolpert, a Teichmüller space of a closed surface carries a canonical symplectic structure. We will recall the two descriptions of this structure using Fenchel-Nielsen twists and using flat connections. We will then explain how this construction generalizes to infinite dimensional Teichmüller spaces corresponding to surfaces with absolute boundaries. On the way, we will recall the notion of symplectic reduction which is one of the main tools to be used in the talk.

The presentation is based on a joint work in progress with Eckhard Meinrenken. The motivation for this work comes from recent developments in the theory of Jackiw-Teitelboim quantum gravity in theoretical physics.

Claire Burrin (University of Zurich)

Windings of prime geodesics

I will discuss a recent paper with Flemming von Essen, where we consider explicit realizations of the winding of closed geodesics about a prescribed cusp of a given hyperbolic surface. For a class of surfaces (containing arithmetic surfaces), our construction can be exploited by the spectral theory of automorphic forms to produce statistical results for the winding numbers. I will in particular present the following equidistribution result: for any subset A of the integers with natural density d, the proportion of closed geodesics with number of windings in A is asymptotically equal to d.

Peter Feller (ETH Zurich)

Gauss composition and surfaces in 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional space

In his celebrated disquisitiones arithmeticae, Gauss studied a composition law on integral binary quadratic forms. The resulting group, aka the class group of quadratic field extensions of Q, has been intensely studied in algebraic number theory.

In joint work in progress with Akka, Miller, and Wieser, we use this group to address a problem of constructing pairs of genus 1 surfaces with boundary the same knot in S^3 with the property that they are non-isotopic and remain so, when pushed into the 4-ball. Among other things we are able to provide larger context to a 40-year old question by Livingston and recent examples of such surfaces due to Hayden, Kim, Miller, Park, and Sundberg.

The relevant input from number theory turns out to be Bhargava's stunning recasting of Gauss's composition as a cube law.

Frank Kutzschebauch (University of Bern)

Factorization of Holomorphic Matrices

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Stefan Wenger (University of Fribourg)

Uniformization of metric surfaces

By the classical uniformization theorem, every smooth 2-dimensional sphere admits a conformal diffeomorphism from the standard Euclidean sphere. Recent advances in the field of Analysis on metric spaces have allowed to extend this theorem to a non-smooth setting of metric spheres (i.e. metric spaces homeomorphic to the 2-dimensional sphere) with some additional properties. Landmark results in this direction include the Bonk-Kleiner quasisymmetric uniformization theorem and Rajala's characterization of geometrically quasiconformal spheres. The search for uniformization results in a metric setting has partially been motivated by questions from geometric group theory. In this talk, I will first provide some background and motivations and then present a general uniformization theorem which shows that one can still find a weakly quasiconfomal parametrization for metric spheres when only assuming that they are locally geodesic and have finite area. Under suitable extra hypotheses such a parametrization upgrades to a quasisymmetric or quasiconformal map and we thus recover as special cases the above mentioned results of Bonk-Kleiner and Rajala. Based on joint work with Damaris Meier.

List of participants

Abramyan Semyon ETH Zürich
Alekseev Anton University of Geneva
Baader Sebastien University of Bern
Burrin Claire University of Zürich
Desarzens Stéphane University of Bern
Feller Peter ETH Zürich
Flood Keegan UniDistance Suisse
Huang Gaofeng University of Bern
Jörg Jasmin University of Bern
Kutzschebauch Frank University of Bern
Le Donne Enrico University of Fribourg
Loeffler David Warwick / UniDistance Suisse
Meier Damaris University of Fribourg
Mettler Thomas UniDistance Suisse
Popova Iuliia University of Geneva
Schnieper Nicolà University of Bern
Valette Alain Université de Neuchâtel
Vikman Noa University of Fribourg
Wenger Stefan University of Fribourg
Zerbes Sarah ETH Zürich
Zulian Patrick UniDistance Suisse

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