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Type: Seminar
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Expiry: 21 Apr 2010
Calendar1: 21 Apr 2010 1405-1455
CalLoc1: New Law School Seminar 030
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Applied Maths Seminar: Finn -- Topological chaos in two and three dimensions

Matthew Finn,
School of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Adelaide 

Wednesday 21st April 14:05-14:55pm, New Law School Seminar 030 (Building F10).  

Research into two-dimensional laminar fluid mixing has enjoyed a renaissance in the last
decade since the realisation that the Thurston–Nielsen theory of surface homeomorphisms
can assist in designing efficient "topologically chaotic" batch mixers.  

In this talk I will survey some tools used in topological fluid kinematics, including
braid groups, train-tracks, dynamical systems and topological index formulae.  I will
then make some speculations about topological chaos in three dimensions.

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