SMS scnews item created by Martin Wechselberger at Thu 23 Apr 2009 1612
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 29 Apr 2009
Calendar1: 29 Apr 2009 1405-1455
CalLoc1: Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre
Auth: wm@p628.pc (assumed)

Applied Maths Seminar: Daners -- An isoperimetric inequality for the elastically supported membrane

Daniel Daners, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney 

Consider all membranes with boundary in the plane which have the same surface area and
tension.  Lord Rayleigh, in his book "The Theory of Sound," conjectured 1877 that the
circular membrane has the lowest ground frequency.  The conjecture was proved
independently by Faber and Krahn 1923/24 if the membrane is fixed at the boundary.  I
will look at the corresponding conjecture for the elastically supported membrane, which
remained unproved until recently.  A partial proof in two dimensions was given by Bossel
in 1986.  I will outline the ideas for a complete proof for the corresponding problem in
arbitrary space dimensions, which settles a recognised old conjecture.  This is partly
joint work with James Kennedy and Dorin Bucur.