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Research interests

I work at the crossroads of geometry and probability theory. I am interested the typical behaviour of random submanifolds in closed smooth manifolds.
Let us choose a normally distributed random function in a finite-dimensional space of smooth functions on a closed manifold. Under some technical assumptions, the zero set of this function is, almost surely, a smooth hypersurface (this generalises to higher codimension submanifolds obtained as the zero sets of random sections of a vector bundle).
I study the distribution of random variables related to these submanifolds, such as their volume, their Euler characteristic or their Betti numbers.

This framework covers two interesting special cases. First, the algebraic submanifolds of the real projective space defined as the zero sets of random homogeneous polynomials of fixed degree. In this case, we choose independent centered Gaussian coefficients. The variances are chosen so that the joint distribution of the coefficients is invariant under the action of the orthogonal group. The second special case is concerned with zeros of random spherical harmonics, or more generally Riemannian random waves.


All my papers are available on the arXiv and on the open archive HAL.

  1. T. Letendre and M. Puchol, Variance of the volume of random real algebraic submanifolds II,
    preprint arXiv:1707.09771, submitted since September 2017.
  2. T. Letendre, Variance of the volume of random real algebraic submanifolds,
    Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., to be published. ArXiv preprint: arXiv:1608.05658.
  3. T. Letendre, Expected volume and Euler characteristic of random submanifolds,
    J. Funct. Anal., 270 (2016), no. 8, 3047-3110 (doi:10.1016/j.jfa.2016.01.007).

Ph.D. thesis

Contributions to the study of random submanifolds, advisor : Damien Gayet.

My dissertation contains my first two papers (numbered 1 and 2 in the above list) plus an introductory chapter (in french).



Here is a list of the various conferences, schools, colloquia, etc. that I attended recently.