## Christopher Hacon : Birational geometry in characteristic $p>5$

- Gergen Lectures ( 285 Views )After the recent exciting progress in understanding the geometry of algebraic varieties over the complex numbers, it is natural to try to understand the geometry of varieties over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$. Many technical issues arise in this context. Nevertheless, there has been much recent progress. In particular, the MMP was established for 3-folds in characteristic $p>5$ by work of Birkar, Hacon, Xu and others. In this talk we will discuss some of the challenges and recent progress in this active area.

## Andrei Zelevinsky : Cluster algebras via quivers with potentials

- Gergen Lectures ( 283 Views )This lecture ties together the strands developed in the first two lectures. We discuss a recent proof (due to H. Derksen, J. Weyman, and the speaker) of a series of conjectures on cluster algebras by means of the machinery of quivers with potentials. An important ingredient of our argument is a categorification of cluster algebras using quiver Grassmannians, a family of projective algebraic varieties that are a far-reaching generalization of ordinary Grassmannians. Generalizing an idea due to P. Caldero, F. Chapoton and B. Keller, we show that the Euler characteristics of these varieties carry crucial information about the structure of cluster algebras.

## Leo P. Kadanoff : Drips and Jets: Singularities, Topology Changes, and Scaling for Fluid Interfaces

- Gergen Lectures ( 38 Views )We investigate the behavior of the interface between two fluids. We are interested in the singularities which develop when the bridge connecting two pieces of fluid goes to zero thickness. One physical situation is Hele-Shaw flow: two fluids are trapped between parallel glass plates and feel frictional forces. Another situation is a cylindrically symmetrical stream, for example, in a dripping faucet. In a third case, a fluid in an electric or magnetic field which pulls off a piece of fluid ending in a sharp point. The last case has an interface between a light and a heavier fluid being sucked up as in a drinking straw. At a critical value of the sucking, a very thin bridge of the heavy fluid is formed. Analytical, numerical, and experimental methods are used to describe what happens right around the pinchoff of these bridges. Much of the resulting behavior can be understood via scaling arguments.