This month, Dr. Jenny Sharp is running a series of masterclasses in mathematics for year 9 students from local schools. This year is the 22nd series of the annual Masterclass series at Plymouth which are part of a nationwide programme in association with the Royal Institution. The events are:
6th Jan: Sam Durbin, The Royal Institution, Game Theory
20th Jan: Jenny Sharp, Plymouth University, An exploration of the Fibonacci numbers
3rd Feb: Anton Ilderton, Plymouth University, Quantum Stuff!
17th Feb: Matthew Craven, Plymouth University, Non-Euclidean Geometry
3rd March: A Carousel of Activities followed by talk to parents and certificate presentation.
Just before Christmas, Craig McNeile attended the Annual Theory Meeting and STFC Town meeting, organized by the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. This meeting comprises of a series of plenary talks on topical topics in theoretical particle physics. It is also a way to meet researchers and colleagues from around the UK.
This year there were talks on: Heavy Flavour anomalies (where there is tantalizing evidence for the failure of the standard model of particle physics), and new measurements of the cosmological parameters from large scale of surveys of the Universe. The final physics talk was by Dr. David Newbold from Bristol University, who reviwed the latest results from the LHC and the plans for the upgrade of the LHC.
Our BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduate Maria Leijerstam, who also holds University honorary Sporting Colours, is in the Guinness Book of Records as the first person to cycle to the South Pole. She has now written a book on this achievement, “Cycling to the South Pole: A world first”
Title: “Donaldson Uhlenbeck compactification for the moduli space of framed sheaves on a Deligne-Mumford stack”
Abstract: Framed sheaves over surfaces first appeared as a generalisation of framed SU(r) instantons on S^4. Later, Uhlenbeck provided a compactification for the moduli space of framed SU(r) instantons which through the Donaldson correspondence and the work of Li and Morgan produced the so called Donaldson-Uhlenbeck compactification of the moduli space of framed sheaves. We want to focus on a further generalisation to the moduli space of framed sheaves on Deligne-Mumford stacks and construct an analogous compactification. This is work in progress with U. Bruzzo.
Dr Marina Logares has been invited to speak at the workshop “Singular Geometry and Higgs Bundles in String Theory” in San Jose in California in October/November 2017. This meeting is organised by the American Institute of Mathematics and participation is by invitation only.