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# Seminar

Floating Drops: a survey of problems and results, with a focus on symmetry April 06, 2011 (10:00 AM PDT - 12:00 PM PDT)
Parent Program: -- MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Speaker(s) Ray Treinen
Description Location:  Simons Auditorium

Title:
Floating Drops: a survey of problems and results, with a focus on symmetry


Abstract:
Consider the equilibrium state of three fluids with different
densities.  The configuration depends on surface tension values, as
well as densities when in a gravitational field.  Problems are
introduced in various settings, with results and open problems
presented.  In the second part we will focus on symmetry about a
vertical line.  Under certain conditions both light and heavy drops
are shown to have this symmetry.


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