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Optimal honeycomb structures

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DNM - The mathematical design of new materials

In 2005-2007 Burdzy, Caffarelli and Lin, Van den Berg conjectured in different contexts that the sum (or the maximum) of the first eigenvalues of the Dirichlet-Laplacian associated to arbitrary cells partitioning a given domain of the plane, is asymptomatically minimal on honeycomb structures, when the number of cells goes to infinity. I will discuss the history of this conjecture, giving the arguments of Toth and Hales on the classical honeycomb problem, and I will prove the conjecture (of the maximum) for the Robin-Laplacian eigenvalues and Cheeger constants. The results have been obtained in joint works with I. Fragala, G. Verzini and B. Velichkov

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