2018

Geodesic Interpolation on the Sierpinski Gasket

Group Members

Cory McCartanLaura LeGareCaitlin Davis.

Supervisors

Luke RogersSweta Pandey.

Overview

Geodesics (shortest paths) on manifolds such as planes and spheres are well understood.  Geodesics on fractal sets such as the Sierpinski Triangle are much more complicated.  We begin by constructing algorithms for building shortest paths and provide explicit formulas for computing their lengths.  We then turn to the question of interpolation along geodesics—given two subsets of the Sierpinski Triangle, we “slide” points in one set along geodesics to the other set.  We construct a measure along the interpolated sets which formalizes a notion of the interpolation of a distribution of mass, and we prove interesting self-similarity relations about this measure.

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Computations on the Koch Snowflake with Boundary and Interior Energies

Group Members

 

Carlos Lima,  Malcolm Gabbard.

Supervisors

Gamal Mograby,  Luke Rogers,  Sasha Teplyaev.

Overview

At the end of the 20th century studies had been conducted on the Koch Snowflake which had been motivated through work done by physicists on “fractal drum” experiments. These investigations focused on the eigenfunctions of the negative Dirichlet Lapcian generated on a planar domain with a fractal boundary, particularly with the condition that the boundary be set to zero. Here we study the eigenfunctions on the Koch Snowflake with a non-zero boundary condition and we consider a Laplacian defined on the boundary. To generate an n-level fractal and apply the Laplacian matrix, Python programming was implemented for both the n-level fractal and Laplacian matrix. This then gives us insight into the eigenvalues and visualization of the corresponding eigenfunctions on the Koch Snowflake. Initial observations indicate a kind of localization of the eigenfunctions on the fractal boundary. 

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Lipschitz Continuity of Laplacian Eigenfunctions on a class of postcritically finite (PCF) self-similar sets

Group Members

Benjamin YorkAnchala Krishnan

Supervisors

Gamal MograbyChristopher Hayes, Luke Rogers.

Overview

We prove a general result for Lipschitz and Hölder continuity of functions defined on a class of postcritically finite (PCF) self-similar sets. Intuition for this theorem comes from formulating arguments on the unit interval, which is well understood in a classical setting. We generalize these results for many kinds of self-similar sets endowed with different measures and metrics. As a corollary to this general result, we prove that eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on the harmonic Sierpinski Gasket are Lipschitz continuous.

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Probability, Analysis and Mathematical Physics on Fractals 2018

Each year we are looking for a group of undergraduate students to work on Probability, Analysis and Mathematical Physics on Fractals. The aim of the projects will be exploration of differential equations and various operators on fractal domains. Students in the project are supposed to have the usual background in linear algebra and differential equations. Knowledge of Matlab, Mathematica, other computer algebra systems, or programming, as well as proof writing, mathematical analysis, and probability may be helpful but is not required. Previous undergraduate work includes published papers on the eigenmodes (vibration modes) of the Laplacian (2nd derivative) of functions that live on Sierpinski gasket type fractals, and the electrical resistance of fractal networks, as well as work on Laplacians on projective limit spaces. The exact choice of the topics to study will depend on the students’ background and interests. Besides being interesting, taking part in a research project like this may be very useful in the future (for instance, when applying to graduate schools).

Luke Rogers, Gamal Mograby, Sasha Teplyaev, Patricia Alonso-Ruiz

Math UConn REU at JMM 2018

Two of our REU (2017 Stochastics) participants, Raji Majumdar and Anthony Sisti, will be presenting posters Applications of Multiplicative LLN and CLT for Random Matrices and Black Scholes using the Central Limit Theorem on Friday, January 12 at the MAA Student Poster Session, and both of them will be giving talks on Saturday, January 13 at the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Research in Applied Mathematics by Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students.

Their travel to the 2018 JMM has been made possible with the support of the MAA and UConn’s OUR travel grants.

Financial Math: Portfolio Optimization and Dynamic Programming

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Fabrice Baudoin, Berend Coster, Phanuel Mariano

 

Overview

Financial markets obviously have asymmetry of information. That is, there are different type of traders whose behavior is induced by different types of information that they possess. Let us consider a “small” investor who trades in a arbitrage free financial market so as to maximize the expected utility of her wealth at a given time horizon. We assume that she possesses extra information about the future price of a stock. Our basic question is: What is the value of this information ?

To answer the question, we will consider some standard basic discrete models of financial markets, like binomial trees and solve the portfolio optimization problem with asymmetry of information by developing  dynamic programming tools.

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