SMS scnews item created by Haotian Wu at Tue 15 May 2018 1424
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 14 Nov 2018
Calendar1: 17 May 2018 1200-1300
CalLoc1: Carslaw 351
CalTitle1: Geometry & Topology Seminar: Robins -- Geometry and Topology of Crystals
Auth: haotianw@phaotianw2.pc (assumed)

Geometry & Topology Seminar

Geometry and Topology of Crystals

Vanessa Robins (ANU)

Thursday 17 May 12:00–13:00 in Carslaw 351.

Please join us for lunch after the talk.

Abstract: This will be a survey talk covering some highlights of the mathematical descriptions of crystal structure from the platonic polyhedra of ancient Greece to the current picture of crystallographic groups as orbifolds. Modern materials synthesis raises fascinating questions about the enumeration and classification of periodic interwoven or entangled frameworks, that might be addressed by techniques from 3-manifold topology and knot theory.

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