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Chen Contributed to Recent Progress on an Unsolved Mathematical Problem

Virginia Watterson • DATE: July 15, 2016

In a paper published in Physical Review Letters (PRL), titled "Kinetic Transition Networks for the Thomson Problem and Smale's Seventh Problem," Prof. Danny Chen and graduate student Jianxu Chen, together with Dr. Dhagash Mehta (a visiting research assistant professor in the Department of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics, University of Notre Dame), Dr Halim Kusumaatmaja (Department of Physics, University of Durham, UK), and Prof. David J. Wales (Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK), suggested a new angle for understanding a famous mathematical problem. Specifically, their contribution provided a connection between Smale's 7th problem and J.J. Thomson's early model of atomic structure, which they establish using an approach based on energy landscapes. The journal of PRL selected this paper as Editors' Suggestion.
 
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