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Sept. 25: Henry Cohn (Microsoft)

Title: Sphere packing, Fourier interpolation, and ground states in 8 and 24 dimensions


How should repelling particles arrange themselves, if we allow long-range interactions? This is the crystallization problem in mathematical physics, and surprisingly little is known about it even in 2 or 3 dimensions. In this talk, I’ll describe a complete solution in 8 and 24 dimensions for inverse power laws and Gaussian potential functions, based on a new interpolation theorem for radial Schwartz functions proved using modular forms. This talk is based on joint work with Abhinav Kumar, Stephen D. Miller, Danylo Radchenko, and Maryna Viazovska (available at

Wednesday, September 25, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Mathematics 520
Tea will be served at 4:00 p.m.

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