Mar 14, Jonathan Pakianathan, RochesterColloquium, 458 Campbell Hall, 2:30pm. An Elementary Construction of Tesselated Riemann Surfaces.
Tesselated polyhedra have been studied from the beginnings of mathematics. Regular spherical polyhedra like those given by the Platonic solids have long been connected to aspects of group theory through the study of reflection groups and through Fuchsian group actions on the upper half plane. However these connections require a decent amount of machinery. In this talk, I will outline an elementary and natural construction studied by Mark Herman, Ergun Yalcin and myself which constructs a singular surface naturally from any finite nonabelian group. This surface desingularized yields a collection of tessellated Riemann surfaces with regular or near-regular tessellation from which subquotients of the group act as the object's automorphism group. The key aspect of the construction is that the group algorithmically constructs these surfaces in a direct manner together with their tesselations and action. No inspiration is needed to find them and the constructions yields many famous classical examples together with potentially new ones. A single group produces a large collection of tessellated surfaces encoding the algebraic structure of the group - for example, the symmetric group on 6 letters produces 4477 tessellated surfaces of 27 distinct genus. Many examples will be discussed during the talk.
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- The following mathematics students will present at this year's Expo on Friday, April 26 at the Campus Recreation Center:
- Gaurav Verma (oral presentation at 9:30am)
- Posters by Jennifer Baggett, Rachel Ejem, Alexandra Fry, Mallick Hossain, and Alicia McCormack
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