Spring 2009, Thursdays, Milner 216, 4:00-4:50 PM

Date: March 26

"  On the spherical Radon transform "
  Linh Nguyen  


An analyst plays with integrals, a geometer works with (a lot of) manifolds. What do you think they would do when meeting each other? You bet it, taking integrals on (a lot of) manifolds! This tunrs out to be the foundation of integral geometry, which is a beautiful area in pure mathematics and useful tool in applied mathematics. When the mamifolds are spheres, you get the spherical Radon transform. In this talk we will introduce some historical notes of the transform. Then recent progresses with applications in theromoacoustic tomography are discussed.

Alert: Calculus 3 (integrations and differentiations of functions on Euclidean spaces) is necessary and sufficient for undestanding the talk.