## Speaker:

Peter Sternberg

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## Institution:

Indiana University

## Time:

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

## Host:

## Location:

RH306

I will discuss a simple-looking isoperimetric problem for curves in the plane where length is measured with respect to a degenerate metric. One motivation for the study is that geodesics for this problem, appropriately parametrized, lead to traveling waves associated with a Hamiltonian system based on a bi-stable potential. This is joint work with Stan Alama, Lia Bronsard, Andres Contreras and Jiri Dadok.