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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 18 June 2020

Ilka Agricola: How to classify homogeneous spaces... and why we should care about them

1:00pm, The talk will be broadcast via Zoom.

Homogeneous spaces are manifolds with many symmetries, and as such they
are a fantastic playground for mathematical models ranging from general
relativity to solid state physics. In this talk, I will give a
non-technical approach to the different types of symmetries that one likes
to consider - like reflections, special properties of geodesics,
curvature, or differential operators - with many examples and
applications. In the last part, I will present some recent classification
results on certain classes of homogeneous spaces, and why they are
interesting.

The talk is suitable as an introduction to the vast area of homogeneous
spaces for non-experts.

Contact mark.a.powell@durham.ac.uk, andrew.lobb@durham.ac.uk, wilhelm.klingenberg@durham.ac.uk, fernando.galaz-garcia@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.