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16:30-18:00   Room #128 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Michael Eastwood (Australian National University)
Invariant differential operators on the sphere (ENGLISH)
[ Abstract ]
The circle is acted upon by the rotation group SO(2) and there are plenty of differential operators invariant under this action. But the circle is also acted upon by SL(2,R) and this larger symmetry group cuts down the list of invariant differential operators to something smaller but more interesting! I shall explain what happens and how this phenomenon generalises to spheres. These constructions are part of a general theory but have numerous unexpected applications, for example in suggesting a new stable finite-element scheme in linearised elasticity (due to Arnold, Falk, and Winther).
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