The University of Michigan Tropical Geometry Seminar
Fall 2005
October 24, 4:10-6:00, 3866 East Hall

Tropical geometry of variational problems

Andrei Okounkov

Princeton University


I will explain the natural and important role played by the tropical degeneration in certain singular variational problems. Such problems arise, for example, in the analysis of formation of crystalline facets. The talk will be based on joint work with Richard Kenyon.