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Increasing the Lensing Figure of Merit through Higher Order Convergence MomentsFeb 08 2018The unprecedented quality, the increased dataset, and the wide area of ongoing and near future weak lensing surveys allows to move beyond the standard two points statistics thus making worthwhile to investigate higher order probes. As an interesting step ... More

Improving lensing cluster mass estimate with flexionJul 20 2016Gravitational lensing has long been considered as a valuable tool to determine the total mass of galaxy clusters. The shear profile as inferred from the statistics of ellipticity of background galaxies allows to probe the cluster intermediate and outer ... More

Pumped shot noise in adiabatically modulated graphene-based double-barrier structuresJul 22 2011Quantum pumping processes are accompanied by considerable quantum noise. We investigated the pumped shot noise (PSN) properties in adiabatically modulated graphene-based double-barrier structures. General expressions for adiabatically PSN in phase-coherent ... More

Numerical simulations of flow reversal in Rayleigh--Bénard convectionDec 20 2006We investigate numerically the statistical properties of the large scale flow in Rayleigh--B\'enard convection. By using an external random perturbation on the temperature field, we were able to decrease the effective Prandtl number of the flow while ... More

Superconformal Vacua in N=2 Usp(4) Gauge TheoriesFeb 26 2004We study the dynamics of a confining vacuum in N=2 USp(4) gauge theory with n_f=4. The vacuum appears to be a deformed conformal theory with nonabelian gauge symmetry. The low-energy degrees of freedom consist of four nonabelian magnetic monopole doublets ... More

The Picard group of the universal abelian variety and the Franchetta conjecture for abelian varietiesMar 30 2016Apr 04 2016We compute the Picard group of the universal abelian variety over the moduli stack $\mathscr A_{g,n}$ of principally polarized abelian varieties over $\mathbb{C}$ with a symplectic principal level $n$-structure. We then prove that over $\mathbb{C}$ the ... More

On the shear estimation bias induced by the spatial variation of colour across galaxy profilesNov 21 2012The spatial variation of the colour of a galaxy may introduce a bias in the measurement of its shape if the PSF profile depends on wavelength. We study how this bias depends on the properties of the PSF and the galaxies themselves. The bias depends on ... More

On the solutions of the Cartan equation in Metric Affine GravitySep 28 2000In the Tucker-Wang approach to Metric Affine gravity we review some particular solutions of the Cartan equation for the non-riemannian part of the connection. As application we show how a quite general non Riemannian model gives a Proca type equation ... More

Non-Invariant Ground States, Thermal Average, and generalized Fermionic StatisticsOct 11 1999Nov 09 1999We present an approach to generalised fermionic statistics which relates the existence of a generalised statistical behaviour to non-invariant ground states. Considering the thermal average of an operatorial generalization of the Heisenberg algebra, we ... More

Local trace formulae for commuting Hamiltonians in Töplitz quantizationDec 12 2014Jan 10 2015Let $(M,J,\omega)$ be a quantizable compact K\"ahler manifold, with quantizing Hermitian line bundle $(A,h)$, and associated Hardy space $H(X)$, where $X$ is the unit circle bundle. Given a collection of $r$ Poisson commuting quantizable Hamiltonian functions ... More

Upper and lower bounds for the first eigenvalue and the volume entropy of noncompact Kähler manifoldsNov 12 2012Feb 02 2015We find upper and lower bounds for the first eigenvalue and the volume entropy of a noncompact real analytic K\"ahler manifold, in terms of Calabi's diastasis function and diastatic entropy, which are sharp in the case of the complex hyperbolic space. ... More

Anisotropic generalizations of de Sitter spacetimeApr 24 2002It is known that de Sitter spacetime can be seen as the solution of field equation for completely isotropic matter. In the present paper a new class of exact solutions in spherical symmetry is found and discussed, such that the energy--momentum tensor ... More

Effective lagrangians for QCD at high densityAug 27 2001We describe low energy physics in the CFL and LOFF phases by means of effective lagrangians. In the CFL case we present also how to derive expressions for the parameters appearing in the lagrangian via weak coupling calculations taking advantage of the ... More

Precision measurements at a muon colliderMay 10 2001This contribution describes precision width measurements that could be done at a muon collider for very narrow resonances as the Higgs or a possible pseudogoldstone boson, or for almost degenerate resonances as the A0 and H0 in the MSSM for large values ... More

A Theory of algebraic integrationSep 03 1998In this paper we study the problem of quantizing theories defined over a nonclassical configuration space. If one follows the path-integral approach, the first problem one is faced with is the one of definition of the integral over such spaces. We consider ... More

On the Ground State of QCD inside a Compact Stellar ObjectFeb 19 2007We describe the effects of the strange quark mass and of the color and electric neutrality on the superconducing phases of QCD.

QCD critical point: a historical perspectiveOct 14 2006We review the history of the critical point in the QCD phase diagram, baryon density vs. temperature. In particular we discuss the different theoretical approaches to this problem.

A theory of algebraic integrationDec 17 2001In this paper we extend the idea of integration to generic algebras. In particular we concentrate over a class of algebras, that we will call self-conjugated, having the property of possessing equivalent right and left multiplication algebras. In this ... More

The dinner table problem: the rectangular caseJul 14 2005$n$ people are seated randomly at a rectangular table with $\lfloor n/2\rfloor$ and $\lceil n/2\rceil$ seats along the two opposite sides for two dinners. What's the probability that neighbors at the first dinner are no more neighbors at the second one? ... More

Tasi 2009 lectures: The Higgs as a Composite Nambu-Goldstone BosonMay 24 2010This is an introduction to theories where the Higgs is a composite Nambu-Goldstone boson of a new strongly-interacting dynamics not much above the weak scale. A general discussion is presented based on the pattern of global symmetries at low energy, and ... More

Rotating Circular Strings, and Infinite Non-Uniqueness of Black RingsFeb 19 2004May 02 2006We present new self-gravitating solutions in five dimensions that describe circular strings, i.e., rings, electrically coupled to a two-form potential (as e.g., fundamental strings do), or to a dual magnetic one-form. The rings are prevented from collapsing ... More

Gravitational vacuum polarization phenomena due to the Higgs fieldMar 22 2013In the standard model the mass of elementary particles is considered as a dynamical property emerging from their interaction with the Higgs field. We show that this assumption implies peculiar deviations from the law of universal gravitation in its distance ... More

Macroscopic quantum vacuum and microscopic gravitationJan 07 2011Macroscopic quantum vacuum and modern theories of gravitation share the strong interplay between geometry and physical phenomena. We review selected issues related to the accuracy of the measurement of Casimir forces with particular emphasis on the implications ... More

Bayes in the sky: Bayesian inference and model selection in cosmologyMar 28 2008The application of Bayesian methods in cosmology and astrophysics has flourished over the past decade, spurred by data sets of increasing size and complexity. In many respects, Bayesian methods have proven to be vastly superior to more traditional statistical ... More

Forecasting the Bayes factor of a future observationMar 05 2007May 09 2007I present a new procedure to forecast the Bayes factor of a future observation by computing the Predictive Posterior Odds Distribution (PPOD). This can assess the power of future experiments to answer model selection questions and the probability of the ... More

The cosmological constant and the paradigm of adiabaticityApr 29 2003We discuss the value of the cosmological constant as recovered from CMB and LSS data and the robustness of the results when general isocurvature initial conditions are allowed for, as opposed to purely adiabatic perturbations. The Bayesian and frequentist ... More

Uniform propagation of chaos for Kac's 1D particle systemJun 20 2016In this paper we study Kac's 1D particle system, consisting of the velocities of $N$ particles colliding at constant rate and randomly exchanging energies. We prove uniform (in time) propagation of chaos in Wasserstein distance with explicit polynomial ... More

Anyon Mean Field as an Exact Limit of a Gauge TheoryFeb 04 1993We summarize a study of an Abelian gauge theory in 2+1 dimensions, the gauge field being coupled to nonrelativistic Fermions. The Action for the gauge field is a combination of the Maxwell term and a Chern-Simons (CS) term. We study the limit of vanishing ... More

Two-dimensional interpolation using a cell-based searching procedureAug 01 2014In this paper we present an efficient algorithm for bivariate interpolation, which is based on the use of the partition of unity method for constructing a global interpolant. It is obtained by combining local radial basis function interpolants with locally ... More

Anisotropy in the cosmic radiation at TeV energyFeb 28 2013In recent years very important results were obtained from cosmic ray experiments about the arrival direction distribution of primaries in the TeV energy range. As most of these particles are charged nuclei, they are deflected by the magnetic field they ... More

The Optical Counterpart of the X-ray Transient RX J0117.6-7330: Spectroscopy and PhotometryOct 02 1998We conducted spectroscopic and photometric observations of the optical counterpart of the X-ray transient RX J0117.6-7330 in the Small Magellanic Cloud, during a quiescent state. The primary star is identified as a B0.5 IIIe, with mass M = (18 +/- 2) ... More

First Order Formalism for Thick Branes in Modified Teleparallel GravityMar 21 2014This work deal with braneworld scenarios with generalized teleparallel gravity. We extend a recent investigation, where the model studied was described by $F(T)=T+k T^n$. In the current study, we introduce the first-order formalism to find analytical ... More

Hyperbolic manifolds with geodesic boundary which are determined by their fundamental groupJun 27 2003Let M and N be n-dimensional connected orientable finite-volume hyperbolic manifolds with geodesic boundary, and let f be a given isomorphism between the fundamental groups of M and N. We study the problem whether there exists an isometry between M and ... More

On house renovation and coauthoring (with a little excursus on the Holy Grail of bibliometrics)Jul 22 2013More than a paper, this is just a little divertissement about coauthoring, the Hirsch h-index, and bibliometric evaluation in general. Without pretending to yield any general conclusions, what I found rummaging through the physics literature made me think ... More

Supercongruences for a truncated hypergeometric seriesJul 22 2010May 23 2011The purpose of this note is to obtain some congruences modulo a power of a prime $p$ involving the truncated hypergeometric series $$\sum_{k=1}^{p-1} {(x)_k(1-x)_k\over (1)_k^2}\cdot{1\over k^a}$$ for $a=1$ and $a=2$. In the last section, the special ... More

Target Space Equivariant Cohomological Structure of the Poisson Sigma ModelMay 02 2002We study a formulation of the standard Poisson sigma model in which the target space Poisson manifold carries the Hamilton action of some finite dimensional Lie algebra. We show that the structure of the action and the properties of the gauge invariant ... More

The volume entropy of local Hermitian symmetric space of noncompact typeOct 28 2012We calculate the volume entropy of local Hermitian symmetric spaces of noncompact type in terms of its invariant $r$, $a$, $b$.

Positive Operator Valued Measures and Feller Markov KernelsOct 09 2015A Positive Operator Valued Measure (POVM) is a map $F:\mathcal{B}(X)\to\mathcal{L}_s^+(\mathcal{H})$ from the Borel $\sigma$-algebra of a topological space $X$ to the space of positive self-adjoint operators on a Hilbert space $\mathcal{H}$. We assume ... More

The Picard group of the universal moduli space of vector bundles on stable curvesJan 19 2016Mar 30 2016We construct the moduli stack of properly balanced vector bundles on semistable curves and we determine explicitly its Picard group. As a consequence, we obtain an explicit description of the Picard groups of the universal moduli stack of vector bundles ... More

Local scaling asymptotics for the Gutzwiller trace formula in Berezin-Töplitz quantizationJan 09 2016Jan 22 2016Under certain hypothesis on the underlying classical Hamiltonian flow, we produce local scaling asymptotics in the semiclassical regime for a Berezin-T\"oplitz version of the Gutzwiller trace formula on a quantizable compact K\"ahler manifold, in the ... More

Aspect ratio scaling of the Single Helical states in the Reversed Field Pinch plasmasSep 24 2015In this paper a new idea is presented which is able to predict the scaling law with the aspect ratio for the toroidal mode number of the so called Single Helicity states in Reversed Field Pinch plasmas. The model starts considering the pure electromagnetic ... More

Decompositions of singular abelian surfacesAug 09 2015Feb 17 2016Given an abelian surface, the number of its distinct decompositions into a product of elliptic curves has been described by Ma. Moreover, Ma himself classified the possible decompositions for abelian surfaces of Picard number $1 \leq \rho \leq 3$. We ... More

On the topological conjugacy problem for interval mapsNov 12 2014We propose an inverse approach for dealing with interval maps based on the manner whereby their branches are related (folding property), instead of addressing the map equations as a whole. As a main result, we provide a symmetry-breaking framework for ... More

Confinement of a hot temperature patch in the modified SQG modelApr 12 2016In this paper we study the time evolution of a temperature patch in $R^2$ according to the modified Surface Quasi-Geostrophic Equation (SQG) patch equation. In particular we give a temporal estimate on the growth of the support, providing a rigorous proof ... More

Ultra High Energy Cosmic Rays and NeutrinosMar 18 2016We discuss the production of ultra high energy neutrinos coming from the propagation of ultra high energy cosmic rays and in the framework of top-down models for the production of these extremely energetic particles. We show the importance of the detection ... More

Joint measurability through Naimark's theoremApr 05 2014Oct 09 2015We use Naimark's dilation theorem in order to characterize the joint measurability of two POVMs. Then, we analyze the joint measurability of two commutative POVMs $F_1$ and $F_2$ which are the smearing of two self-adjoint operators $A_1$ and $A_2$ respectively. ... More

Commensurability of hyperbolic manifolds with geodesic boundaryFeb 10 2005Suppose n>2, let M,M' be n-dimensional connected complete finite-volume hyperbolic manifolds with non-empty geodesic boundary, and suppose that the fundamental group of M is quasi-isometric to the fundamental group of M' (with respect to the word metric). ... More

Numerical evaluation of two and three parameter Mittag-Leffler functionsMar 23 2015May 21 2015The Mittag-Leffler (ML) function plays a fundamental role in fractional calculus but very few methods are available for its numerical evaluation. In this work we present a method for the efficient computation of the ML function based on the numerical ... More

On surfaces with a canonical pencilSep 03 2009Oct 27 2010We classify the minimal surfaces of general type with $K^2 \leq 4\chi-8$ whose canonical map is composed with a pencil, up to a finite number of families. More precisely we prove that there is exactly one irreducible family for each value of $\chi \gg ... More

Some (big) irreducible components of the moduli space of minimal surfaces of general type with $p_g=q=1$ and $K^2=4$Jan 08 2008Jun 15 2009In this paper we study the minimal surfaces of general type with $p_g=q=1$ and $K^2=4$ whose Albanese general fibre has genus 2, classifying those such that the direct image (under the Albanese morphism) of the bicanonical sheaf is sum of line bundles. ... More

(Bounded) continuous cohomology and Gromov proportionality principleMar 25 2009Apr 01 2010Let X be a topological space, and let C(X) be the complex of singular cochains on X with real coefficients. We denote by Cc(X) the subcomplex given by continuous cochains, i.e. by such cochains whose restriction to the space of simplices (endowed with ... More

Conformal Subnets and Intermediate SubfactorsFeb 26 2001Mar 05 2002Given an irreducible local conformal net A of von Neumann algebras on the circle and a finite-index conformal subnet B of A, we show that A is completely rational iff B is completely rational. In particular this extends a result of F. Xu for the orbifold ... More

Critical cones of characteristic varietiesAug 02 2010Jun 01 2011We show that certain characteristic varieties of a finitely generated module over a given Weyl algebra arising from weighted degree filtrations are equal to the critical cone of some other characteristic varieties. This behaviour of the characteristic ... More

A bounded homogeneous domain and a projective manifold are not relativesOct 04 2012Let $M_1$ and $M_2$ be two K\"ahler manifolds. One says that $M_1$ and $M_2$ are "relatives" if they share a non-trivial K\"ahler submanifold $S$, namely, if there exist two holomorphic and isometric immersions (K\"ahler immersions) $h_1: S -> M_1$ and ... More

Balanced metrics on homogeneous vector bundlesJan 16 2011Let $E\rightarrow M$ be a holomorphic vector bundle over a compact Kaehler manifold $(M, \omega)$ and let $E=E_1\oplus... \oplus E_m\rightarrow M$ be its decomposition into irreducible factors. Suppose that each $E_j$ admits a $\omega$-balanced metric ... More

Uniqueness of Eigenforms on Fractals-IIJan 27 2014Mar 31 2014I give an explicitly verifiable necessary and sufficient condition for the uniqueness of the eigenform on finitely ramified fractals, once an eigenform is known. This improves the results of my previous paper [14], where I gave some necessary and some ... More

Fixed Points of anti-attracting maps and Eigenforms on FractalsJan 08 2018An important problem in analysis on fractals is the existence of a self-similar energy on finitely ramified fractals. The self-similar energies are constructed in terms of eigenforms, that is, eigenvectors of a special nonlinear operator. Previous results ... More

Nonclassical dynamics of Bose condensates in an optical lattice in the superfluid regimeJun 14 2007A condensate in an optical lattice, prepared in the ground state of the superfluid regime, is stimulated first by suddenly increasing the optical lattice amplitude and then, after a waiting time, by abruptly decreasing this amplitude to its initial value. ... More

Majorana and the Infinite Component Wave EquationsOct 23 2006I review the paper of Majorana about relativistic particles with arbitrary spin written in 1932. The main motivation for this papers was the dissatisfaction about the negative energy solutions of the Dirac equation. As such, the paper became immediately ... More

Color Superconductivity in High Density QCDDec 15 2005Jan 18 2006We describe the effects of the strange quark mass and of color and electric neutrality on the superconducing phases of QCD. We discuss various phases pointing out the corresponding problems, typically arising from a chromomagnetic instability. We show ... More

Neumark Operators and Sharp Reconstructions, the finite dimensional caseMay 17 2010A commutative POV measure $F$ with real spectrum is characterized by the existence of a PV measure $E$ (the sharp reconstruction of $F$) with real spectrum such that $F$ can be interpreted as a randomization of $E$. This paper focuses on the relationships ... More

Bounded cohomology of discrete groupsOct 26 2016Bounded cohomology of groups was first defined by Johnson and Trauber during the seventies in the context of Banach algebras. As an independent and very active research field, however, bounded cohomology started to develop in 1982, thanks to the pioneering ... More

Automorphisms of the UHF algebra that do not extend to the Cuntz algebraMar 09 2010Automorphisms of the canonical core UHF-subalgebra F_n of the Cuntz algebra O_n do not necessarily extend to automorphisms of O_n. Simple examples are discussed within the family of infinite tensor products of (inner) automorphisms of the matrix algebras ... More

New Physics at the LHC: Strong vs Weak symmetry breakingAug 25 2009What kind of New Physics, if any, we expect to discover at the LHC? I will try to address this formidable question by re-formulating it as follows: is the breaking of the electroweak symmetry strong or weak ?

A topological approach to leading monomial idealsAug 02 2010Jun 01 2011We introduce a very natural topology on the set of total orderings of monomials of any algebra having a countable basis over a field. This topological space and some notable subspaces are compact. This topological framework allows us to deduce some finiteness ... More

Neutrino mass variability due to nonminimal coupling to spacetime curvature in neutrinophilic two-Higgs-doublet modelsOct 18 2013In neutrinophilic two-Higgs-doublet models, neutrinos acquire mass due to a Higgs field with vacuum expectation value of the order of 10^{-2} eV, corresponding to a Compton wavelength in the 10 micrometer range. This creates a situation in which nonminimal ... More

Are quantum measurements on macroscopic bodies feasible?Mar 26 2010Mar 29 2010The possibility to test quantum measurement theories is discussed in the more phenomenological framework of the quantum nondemolition theory. A simple test of the hypothesis of the state vector collapse is proposed by looking for deviations from the Boltzmann ... More

BlackfoldsJun 10 2011This is an introduction to the blackfold effective worldvolume theory for the dynamics of black branes, as well as its use as an approximate method for the construction of new black hole solutions. We also explain how the theory is useful for the analysis ... More

Black Hole Production at a TeVFeb 25 2003In this talk I briefly discuss some features of a striking signature of TeV quantum gravity/strings and large extra dimensions: the production of exotic objects such as black holes, and their stringy precursors, the string resonances at large masses which ... More

Black Hole Radiation On and Off the BraneSep 18 2000Sep 26 2000After a brief review of the description of black holes on branes, we examine the evaporation of a small black hole on a brane in a world with large extra dimensions. We show that, contrary to previous claims, most of the energy is radiated into the modes ... More

Black hole entropy as entanglement entropy: a holographic derivationMar 10 2006Apr 26 2006We study the possibility that black hole entropy be identified as entropy of entanglement across the horizon of the vacuum of a quantum field in the presence of the black hole. We argue that a recent proposal for computing entanglement entropy using AdS/CFT ... More

Bn-generalized geometry and G2(2)-structuresJan 15 2013Jul 29 2013We introduce the concept of G2(2)-structure on an orientable 3-manifold M using the setting of generalized geometry of type Bn, study their local deformation by making use of a Moser-type argument, and give a description of the cone of G2(2)-structures. ... More

Probing dark energy with future surveysJul 21 2006I review the observational prospects to constrain the equation of state parameter of dark energy and I discuss the potential of future imaging and redshift surveys. Bayesian model selection is used to address the question of the level of accuracy on the ... More

Cosmic Microwave Background Anisotropies: Beyond Standard ParametersOct 05 2004In the first part of this work, I review the theoretical framework of cosmological perturbation theory necessary to understand the generation and evolution of cosmic microwave background (CMB) anisotropies. Using analytical and numerical techniques, in ... More

Optical correlation techniques for the investigation of colloidal systemsJun 06 2013This review aims to provide a simple introduction to the application of optical correlation methods in colloidal science. In particular, I plan to show that full appraisal of the intimate relation between light scattering and microscopy allows designing ... More

X-ray properties of spiral galaxiesNov 01 2002X-ray studies of nearby spiral galaxies with star formation allow us to investigate temperature and spatial distribution of the hot diffuse plasma, and to carry out individual and statistical studies of different classes of discrete sources (low- and ... More

The optical emission lines as a probe of state transitions in black-hole candidatesJan 17 2001Optical spectroscopic studies of emission lines in black-hole candidates can help us investigate state transitions in those systems. Changes in the optical line profiles reflect changes in the geometry of the accretion flow, usually associated with X-ray ... More

Microcanonical Entropy and Dynamical Measure of Temperature for Systems with Two First IntegralsApr 30 2010Jul 19 2011We consider a generic classical many particle system described by an autonomous Hamiltonian $H(x^{_1},...,x^{_{N+2}})$ which, in addition, has a conserved quantity $V(x^{_1},...,x^{_{N+2}})=v$, so that the Poisson bracket $\{H,V \}$ vanishes. We derive ... More

Galactic positrons and electrons from astrophysical sources and dark matterOct 14 2009A very interesting puzzle about the origin of electron and positron cosmic rays is deduced from the latests experimental results. We model the propagation of such cosmic rays in terms of a successfully tested two--zone propagation model. Several theoretical ... More

Power Consumption of Virtualization Technologies: an Empirical InvestigationNov 04 2015Virtualization is growing rapidly as a result of the increasing number of alternative solutions in this area, and of the wide range of application field. Until now, hypervisor-based virtualization has been the de facto solution to perform server virtualization. ... More

Computing Quasidegrees of A-graded ModulesOct 26 2015We describe the main functions of the Macaulay2 package Quasidegrees. The purpose of this package is to compute the quasidegree set of a finitely generated A-graded module presented as the cokernel of a monomial matrix. We provide examples with motivation ... More

Relaxation models for Single Helical Reversed Field Pinch plasmasSep 24 2015Oct 26 2016In this paper a relaxation theory, proposed several years ago for plasmas where a single dominant mode is present, is revisited. The solutions of the related eigenvalue problem are numerically calculated and discussed. Although these solutions are very ... More

Measuring Inequality and SegregationAug 05 2015In this paper, I introduce the Divergence Index, a conceptually intuitive and methodologically rigorous measure of inequality and segregation. The index measures the difference between a distribution of interest and another empirical, theoretical, or ... More

On higher holonomy invariants in higher gauge theory IMay 08 2015This is the first of a series of two technical papers devoted to the analysis of holonomy invariants in strict higher gauge theory with end applications in higher Chern--Simons theory. For a flat 2--connection, we define the 2-holonomy of surface knots ... More

Cosmic Rays: What Gamma Rays Can SayDec 23 2014We will review the main channels of gamma ray emission due to the acceleration and propagation of cosmic rays, discussing the cases of both galactic and extra-galactic cosmic rays and their connection with gamma rays observations.

High-energy density implications of a gravitoweak unification scenarioDec 15 2014We discuss how a scenario recently proposed for the morphing of macroscopic gravitation into weak interactions at the attometer scale affects our current understanding of high-energy density phenomena. We find that the Yukawa couplings of the fundamental ... More

Cohomological invariants of hyperelliptic curves of genus 3Sep 08 2016We compute the cohomological invariants with coefficients in $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ of the stack $\mathscr{H}_3$ of hyperelliptic curves of genus $3$ over an algebraically closed field.

Scaling Distances on Finitely Ramified FractalsAug 31 2015Nov 06 2015In previous papers by A. Kameyama and by J. Kigami distances on fractals have been discussed having two different but similar properties. One property is that the maps defining the fractal are Lipschitz of prescribed constants less than 1, the other is ... More

The Principle of Minimal Resistance in Non-Equilibrium ThermodynamicsJan 21 2015Analytical models describing the motion of colloidal particles in given velocity fields are presented. In addition to local approaches, leading to well known master equations such as the Langevin and the Fokker-Planck equations, a global description based ... More

A Lie based 4-dimensional higher Chern-Simons theoryDec 18 2015Feb 22 2016We present and study a model of 4-dimensional higher Chern-Simons theory, special Chern-Simons (SCS) theory, instances of which have appeared in the string literature, whose symmetry is encoded in a skeletal semistrict Lie 2-algebra constructed from a ... More

Bubbles and Knots in the Kinematical Structure of the Bipolar Planetary Nebula NGC 2818Mar 27 2012High-resolution Hubble Space Telescope (HST) archive imaging and high-dispersion spectroscopy are used to study the complex morphological and kinematical structure of the planetary nebula, NGC 2818. We analyze narrow band H{\alpha}, [O III], [N II], [S ... More

Gravitational collapse of homogeneous perfect fluid in HOG theoriesNov 27 2008This paper investigates the evolution of collapsing FRW models with a scalar field having the potential which arises in the conformal frame of high order gravity theories, coupled to matter described by a perfect fluid with energy density $\rho$ and pressure ... More

Gravitational collapse of homogeneous scalar fieldsJan 05 2005May 27 2005Conditions under which gravity coupled to self interacting scalar field determines singularity formation are found and discussed. It is shown that, under a suitable matching with an external space, the boundary, if collapses completely, may give rise ... More

On the independence of a generalized statement of Egoroff's theorem from ZFC, after T.WeissDec 23 2005We consider a generalized version (GES) of the wellknown Severini-Egoroff theorem in real analysis, first shown to be undecidable in ZFC by Tomasz Weiss. This independence is easily derived from suitable hypotheses on some cardinal characteristics of ... More

The impact of atomic precision measurements in high energy physicsJul 11 2000Jul 14 2000In this talk I discuss the relevance of atomic physics in understanding some important questions about elementary particle physics. A particular attention is devoted to atomic parity violation measurements which seem to suggest new physics beyond the ... More

On a conjecture of VarchenkoMar 26 1995In this note we generalize and prove a recent conjecture of Varchenko concerning the number of critical points of a (multivalued) meromorphic function $\phi$ on an algebraic manifold. Under certain conditions, this number turns out to coincide with the ... More

Casimir forces and non-Newtonian gravitationDec 19 2006The search for non-relativistic deviations from Newtonian gravitation can lead to new phenomena signalling the unification of gravity with the other fundamental interactions. Various recent theoretical frameworks indicate a possible window for non-Newtonian ... More

Exact Microscopic Entropy of Non-Supersymmetric Extremal Black RingsMar 12 2008Apr 16 2008In this brief note we show that the horizon entropy of the largest known class of non-supersymmetric extremal black rings, with up to six parameters, is exactly reproduced for all values of the ring radius using the same conformal field theory of the ... More

Applications of Bayesian model selection to cosmological parametersApr 01 2005May 09 2007Bayesian model selection is a tool to decide whether the introduction of a new parameter is warranted by data. I argue that the usual sampling statistic significance tests for a null hypothesis can be misleading, since they do not take into account the ... More

Computing the R^4 term at two Superstring LoopsFeb 09 2002We use a previously derived integral representation for the four graviton amplitude at two loops in Superstring theory, whose leading term for vanishing momenta gives the two-loop contribution to the R^4 term in the Effective Action. We find by an explicit ... More