May Mei

Associate Professor of Mathematics
Denison University



Office Location:On Sabbatical
Email:meim@denison.edu



2019-2020 Travel & Talks

Research

One of my research interests involves the application of dynamical systems (uniformly hyperbolic, partially hyperbolic, symbolic) to mathematical physics. Specifically, I use dynamical techniques to investigate spectral properties of operators involved in the study of quasicrystals. I'm also interested in conducting numerical experiments related to the long-term behavior of several specific dynamical systems.
  • J. Fillman and M. Mei, Spectral properties of continuum Fibonacci Schrödinger operators, Ann. Henri Poincaré 19 (2018), no. 1, 237-247.
  • M. Mei and W. Yessen, Tridiagonal substitution Hamiltonians, Math. Model. Nat. Phenom. 9 (2014), no. 5, 204-238.
  • M. Mei, Spectra of discrete Schrödinger operators with primitive invertible substitution potentials, J. Math. Phys. 55 (2014), no. 8, 082701, 22.
Another one of my research interests lies in number theory and integer sequences. Think of a number, now square the digits and sum that. What do you get? If you keep iterating this procedure, you will either end up at a 1 or a 4. If you end up at a 1, the number you started with is called a happy number. I study several generalizations of this procedure.
  • B. Baker Swart, S. Crook, L. Hall-Seelig, H. G. Grundman, M. Mei, and L. Zack, Fixed Points of Augmented Generalized Happy Functions II: Oases and Mirages, J. Integer Seq. 22 (2019), no. 5, Art. 19.5.5.
  • B. Baker Swart, K. A. Beck, S. Crook, C. Eubanks-Turner, H. G. Grundman, M. Mei, and L. Zack, Fixed points of augmented generalized happy functions, Rocky Mountain J. Math. 48 (2018), no. 1, 47-58.
  • M. Mei and A. Read-McFarland, Numbers and the heights of their happiness, Involve 11 (2018), no. 2, 235-241.
  • B. Baker Swart, K. A. Beck, S. Crook, C. Eubanks-Turner, H. G. Grundman, M. Mei, and L. Zack, Augmented generalized happy functions, Rocky Mountain J. Math. 47 (2017), no. 2, 403-417.
Click here for a list of my articles on arXiv.

I've supervised several undergraduate student projects in the above areas:

Last updated: January 20, 2020