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Convexity and Linear Distortion

Hold Date 2020-02-10 12:00~2020-02-10 13:00

Place Mathematics Meeting Room W1-D-504, West Zone 1, Ito campus, Kyushu University

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Speaker Seyed Mohsen Hashemi (Massey University, New Zealand)

This talk is primarily concerned with the convexity properties of distortion functionals (particularly the linear distortion) defined on quasiconformal homeomorphisms of domains in Euclidean n-spaces, though we will mainly stick to three-dimensions. The principal application is in identifying the lower semi-continuity of distortion on uniformly convergent limits of sequences of quasiconformal mappings. For example, given the curve family or analytic definitions of quasiconformality - discussed in my research - it is known that if {f_n}_{n=1}^∞ is a sequence of K-quasiconformal mappings (and here K depends on the particular distortion but is the same for every element of the sequence) which converges to a function f, then the limit function is also K-quasiconformal.
Despite a widespread belief that this was also true for the geometric definition of quasi- conformality (via the linear distortion H(f) defined below) Tadeusz Iwaniec gave a specific surprising example to show that the linear distortion function is not lower semicontinuous. The main aim of my talk is to show that this failure of lower semicontinuity is actually far more common, perhaps even generic in the sense that it might be true that under mild restrictions on a quasiconformal f, there may be a sequence {f_n}_{n=1}^∞ with f_n → f uniformly and with lim sup_{n→∞} H(f_n) < H(f). The main result of my research is to show this is true for a wide class of linear mappings.