The solution to the sphere packing problem in 24 dimensions via modular forms

Geometric Structures on 3-manifolds
Topic:The solution to the sphere packing problem in 24 dimensions via modular forms
Speaker:Stephen Miller
Affiliation:Rutgers University
Date:Monday, April 4
Time/Room:4:00pm - 5:00pm/S-101
Video Link:https://video.ias.edu/geostruct/2016/0404-Miller

Maryna Viazovska recently made a stunning breakthrough on sphere packing by showing the E8 root lattice gives the densest packing of spheres in 8 dimensional space [arxiv:1603.04246]. This is the first result of its kind for dimensions $> 3$, and follows an approach suggested by Cohn-Elkies from 1999 via harmonic analysis. The talk will describe this method, her proof, as well as new joint work with Viazovska, Cohn, Kumar, and Radchenko that completely solves the sphere packing problem in dimension 24 [arxiv:1603.06518]: the Leech lattice gives the densest packing of spheres in 24 dimensions, and no other periodic packing is as dense as it.