
SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES 

April 19, 2014  
Tuesday, December 11, 2007

9h30  Registration and coffee (6th floor lounge, Bahen Center at 40 St. George) 
10h30 BA 6183 
David Jerison (MIT) Gradient bounds for a free boundary In the early 1980s, Alt and Caffarelli proved regularity theorems for a Bernoullitype free boundary problem in analogy with the regularity theory of minimal surfaces. By now the analogy is highly developed. Each problem has variational formulation and its EulerLagrange equation and can be considered as the singular limit of a semilinear elliptic equation. In this talk, we will discuss joint work with Daniela de Silva in which we prove the analogue for this free boundary problem of the classical theorem of Bombieri, de Giorgi, and Miranda that minimal graphs are Lipschitz graphs. The method also gives a new proof of the classical theorem, which, while harder than many (all?) existing proofs, provides extra insight. 
11h30 BA 6183 
Niky Kamran (McGill University) A Rigorous Treatment of Energy Extraction from a Rotating Black Hole We prove that by choosing a suitable wave packet as initial data for the scalar wave equation in Kerr geometry, one can extract energy from the black hole, thereby putting supperradiance, the wave analogue of the Penrose process, into a rigorous mathematical framework. We quantify the maximal energy gain, and we also estimate the infinitesimal change of mass and angular momentum of the black hole, in agreement with Christodoulou's result for the Penrose process. This is joint work with Felix Finster, Joel Smoller and ShingTung Yau. 
14h10 BA 6183 
William Minicozzi (Johns Hopkins University) The rate of change of width under flows I will discuss a geometric invariant, that we call the width, of a manifold and first show how it can be realized as the sum of areas of minimal 2spheres. When M is a homotopy 3sphere, the width is loosely speaking the area of the smallest 2sphere needed to ``pull over'' M. Second, we will estimate the rate of change of width under various geometric flows to prove sharp estimates for extinction times. This is joint work with Toby Colding. 
Refreshments to follow in the mathematics lounge.  
N.B. The CMS session ends on Monday
by lunchtime. So we recommend returning to Toronto Monday night. To arrive Tuesday morning, the best option is the train arriving at 10:21; the math dept. is a quick cab ride away at at St. George and College, one block east of Spadina. Click here for directions and more.  
