Numerical Analysis Seminars: The Joy of Hexagons
8 March 2013 14:00 in CM105
Hexagonal patterns are everywhere in nature. My first mathematical encounter with hexagons was in Durham during my 4th year MMath project with Brian Straughan, where I studied hexagonal convection patterns in fluids. Ten years later, hexagons showed up in my research in mathematical materials science. In this talk I will discuss energy-driven pattern formation in diblock copolymer melts and show how techniques from the calculus of variations and computational geometry can be used to prove optimality of the hexagonal pattern.
This is joint work with Mark Peletier (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), Florian Theil (University of Warwick) and Steven Roper (University of Glasgow).
Contact David.Bourne@durham.ac.uk for more information