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Mean curvature flow November 07, 2011 (04:10 PM PST - 05:10 PM PST)
Location: UC Berkeley, 60 Evans Hall
Speaker(s) Tobias Colding
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Mean curvature flow is the negative gradient flow of volume, so any hypersurface flows through hypersurfaces in the direction of steepest descent for volume and eventually becomes extinct in finite time. Before it becomes extinct, topological changes can occur as it goes through singularities. Thus, in some sense, the topology is encoded in the singularities. In this lecture I will discuss new and old results about singularities of mean curvature flow focusing on very results about generic singularities.

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