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Research lectures, seminars and events

The events listed in this area are research seminars, workshops and lectures hosted by Durham University departments and research institutes. If you are not a member of the University, but  wish to enquire about attending one of the events please contact the organiser or host department.


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Events for 26 January 2018

'Hell, Heaven and Hope. A journey through life and the afterlife with Dante', Exhibition curated by Dr Annalisa Cipollone

9:00am to 11:55pm, Palace Green Library, Durham University

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Gim Seng Ng: Thermal Conformal Blocks and their AdS Representations

1:00pm, CM221

We study conformal blocks for thermal one-point-functions in higher-dimensional conformal field theories. These thermal one-point blocks can be represented as AdS Witten-diagram-like integrals. In the absence of angular potentials, the thermal one-point blocks are given analytically as generalised hypergeometric functions. As an application, by studying behavior of thermal one-point functions in the high-temperature limit, we deduce an asymptotic formula for three point coefficients of one light operator and two heavy operators. This result agrees with expectations coming from eigenstate thermalization hypothesis.

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Mikhail Cherdantsev: Stochastic homogenisation of high-contrast media

2:00pm, CM219

It has been known for almost two decades (starting with a 2000 paper by Zhikov) that elliptic partial differential operators with periodic high-contrast coefficients, describing certain composite materials, have band gap spectrum described by Zhikov's beta-function in the homogenisation limit. The homogenised operator is of the two-scale nature, it has a macroscopic and microscopic (corresponding to the period of the composite) parts. While the stochastic homogenisation is a well established area of mathematics, the high-contrast stochastic homogenisation has hardly been addressed, and it seems that there is not a single paper studying the spectral problems in high-contrast stochastic homogenisation. We initiate the research in this direction and show that similarly to the periodic case in the stochastic high contrast setting(under some lenient conditions) the spectrum has a band gap structure characterised by a function similar to Zhikov's beta-function, we study the limit two-scale operator with the stochastic microscopic component and prove the convergence of the spectra.

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