30 November 2021 to 2 December 2021
Le Bois-Marie
Europe/Paris timezone

Maximally Dense Sphere Packings (Remote)

30 Nov 2021, 10:50
Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons (Le Bois-Marie)

Centre de conférences Marilyn et James Simons

Le Bois-Marie

35, route de Chartres 91440 Bures-sur-Yvette


Thomas Fernique (CNRS & LIPN, Paris-North University)


It is well known that to cover the greatest proportion of the Euclidean plane with identical disks, we have to center these disks in a triangular grid. This problem can be generalized in two directions: in higher dimensions or with different sizes of disks. The first direction has been the most studied (for example, in dimension 3, the Kepler’s conjecture was proved by Hales and Ferguson in 1998). In this talk, we will rather focus on the second direction, in particular on the cases of two or three disc sizes. We will survey recent results for a large audience.

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