SMS scnews item created by Andrew Mathas at Mon 27 Feb 2012 1336
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 13 Mar 2012
Calendar1: 13 Mar 2012 1400-1500
CalLoc1: AGR Carslaw 829
CalTitle1: AGR Seminar
Auth: mathas@pmathas.pc (assumed)

AGR Seminar

Dispersive Quantization – the Talbot Effect

Prof Peter J. Olver, University of Minnesota, USA

Abstract The evolution, through linear dispersion, of piecewise constant periodic initial data leads to surprising quantized structures at rational times, and fractal, non-differentiable profiles at irrational times. Similar phenomena have been observed in optics and quantum mechanics, where it is known as the Talbot effect after an optical experiment by one of the founders of photography, and lead to intriguing connections with exponential sums arising in number theory. Ramifications of these observations for linear and nonlinear wave models and numerics will be discussed.

Host Venue La Trobe University

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