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Scientific Advisory Committee: Jason Cantarella (Georgia), Andrew Gilbert (Exeter), Raymond Goldstein (Cambridge), Boris Khesin (Toronto), Shigeo Kida (Kyoto), Mikhail Monastyrski (Moscow), Sergey Nazarenko (Warwick), Wilma Olsen (Rutgers), Renzo Ricca (Milan), De Witt Sumners (Florida State), Lynn Zechiedrich (Houston, USA)
The programme is intended to stimulate interaction between applied mathematicians, biologists and physicists who frequently encounter dynamical problems that have some explicit or implicit topological content. We use the term 'topological' to convey the idea of structures, e.g. knots, links or braids in 3D, that exhibit some measure of invariance under continuous deformation. Dynamical evolution is then subject to the topological constraints that express this invariance. A basic common problem is to determine minimum energy structures (and routes towards these structures) permitted by such constraints; and to explore mechanisms, e.g.diffusive, by which such constraints may be broken.
When formulated in terms of the mathematical objects and issues, the current view of the common topological denominator is summarised below. We expect to add to this list during the Programme.
Tubes in R3
Surfaces in R3
Lines in R3
Lines on manifolds
- Knotted flux tubes in MHD (helicity, minimisation problems, topological aspects of dynamo theory)
- Knots on vortex tubes (analogies and differences with MHD, dynamical implications of knottedness)
- Knotted molecules (DNA, proteins, minimisation of drag on a knotted tubular structure)
- Dynamics of protein folding, coiling and supercoiling (folding of knotted proteins)
- Spectrum of knots and links under different minimisation principles
- Biological membranes (minimisation problems, implications of topology for phase transitions)
- Fermi surfaces (electron trajectories on Fermi surfaces, topological phase transitions)
- Knots and links and braids in streamlines and magnetic field lines (decay of topological invariants in the ideal medium limit)
- Quantum vortices in super bundles, topological implications on statistical mechanics)
- Quantum implications of classical topological constrains
- Application of knot theory to statistical mechanics
- Electron trajectories on Fermi surfaces of complex topology
- Formation of singularities in the Navier-Stokes and Euler equations
- Topological changes in parametric evolution of magnetic fields (singularity formation under footpoint shuffling)