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Probability and Combinatorics

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 - 3:30pm

Matthew Junge

Baruch College


Temple University

Wachman Hall 617

In the late 20th century, statistical physicists introduced a chemical reaction model called ballistic annihilation. In it, particles are placed randomly throughout the real line and then proceed to move at independently sampled velocities. Collisions result in mutual annihilation. Many results were inferred by physicists, but it wasn’t until recently that mathematicians joined in. I will describe my trajectory through this model. Expect tantalizing open questions.