PDE Geometric Analysis seminar

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The seminar will be held in room 901 of Van Vleck Hall on Mondays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm, unless indicated otherwise.

Previous PDE/GA seminars

Tentative schedule for Fall 2017

PDE GA Seminar Schedule Spring 2017

date speaker title host(s)
January 23
Special time and location:
3-3:50pm, B325 Van Vleck
Sigurd Angenent (UW) Ancient convex solutions to Mean Curvature Flow Kim & Tran
January 30 Serguei Denissov (UW) Instability in 2D Euler equation of incompressible inviscid fluid Kim & Tran
February 6 - Wasow lecture Benoit Perthame (University of Paris VI) Jin
February 13 Bing Wang (UW) The extension problem of the mean curvature flow Kim & Tran
February 20 Eric Baer (UW) Isoperimetric sets inside almost-convex cones Kim & Tran
February 27 Ben Seeger (University of Chicago) Homogenization of pathwise Hamilton-Jacobi equations Tran
March 7 - Mathematics Department Distinguished Lecture Roger Temam (Indiana University) On the mathematical modeling of the humid atmosphere Smith
March 8 - Analysis/Applied math/PDE seminar Roger Temam (Indiana University) Weak solutions of the Shigesada-Kawasaki-Teramoto system Smith
March 13 Sona Akopian (UT-Austin) Kim
March 27 - Analysis/PDE seminar Sylvia Serfaty (Courant) Mean-Field Limits for Ginzburg-Landau vortices Tran
March 29 - Wasow lecture Sylvia Serfaty (Courant) Microscopic description of Coulomb-type systems
April 3 Zhenfu Wang (Maryland) Kim
April 10 Andrei Tarfulea (Chicago) Improved estimates for thermal fluid equations Baer
April 17 Siao-Hao Guo (Rutgers) Analysis of Velázquez's solution to the mean curvature flow with a type II singularity Lu Wang


April 24 Jianfeng Lu TBA Li
April 25- joint Analysis/PDE seminar Chris Henderson (Chicago) TBA Lin
May 1st Jeffrey Streets (UC-Irvine) Bing Wang

Abstracts

Sigurd Angenent

The Huisken-Hamilton-Gage theorem on compact convex solutions to MCF shows that in forward time all solutions do the same thing, namely, they shrink to a point and become round as they do so. Even though MCF is ill-posed in backward time there do exist solutions that are defined for all t<0 , and one can try to classify all such “Ancient Solutions.” In doing so one finds that there is interesting dynamics associated to ancient solutions. I will discuss what is currently known about these solutions. Some of the talk is based on joint work with Sesum and Daskalopoulos.

Serguei Denissov

We consider the patch evolution under the 2D Euler dynamics and study how the geometry of the boundary can deteriorate in time.


Bing Wang

We show that the mean curvature blows up at the first finite singular time for a closed smooth embedded mean curvature flow in R3. This is a joint work with H.Z. Li.

Eric Baer

We discuss a recent result showing that a characterization of isoperimetric sets (that is, sets minimizing a relative perimeter functional with respect to a fixed volume constraint) inside convex cones as sections of balls centered at the origin (originally due to P.L. Lions and F. Pacella) remains valid for a class of "almost-convex" cones. Key tools include compactness arguments and the use of classically known sharp characterizations of lower bounds for the first nonzero Neumann eigenvalue associated to (geodesically) convex domains in the hemisphere. The work we describe is joint with A. Figalli.

Ben Seeger

I present a homogenization result for pathwise Hamilton-Jacobi equations with "rough" multiplicative driving signals. In doing so, I derive a new well-posedness result when the Hamiltonian is smooth, convex, and positively homogenous. I also demonstrate that equations involving multiple driving signals may homogenize or exhibit blow-up.

Sylvia Serfaty

Mean-Field Limits for Ginzburg-Landau vortices

Ginzburg-Landau type equations are models for superconductivity, superfluidity, Bose-Einstein condensation. A crucial feature is the presence of quantized vortices, which are topological zeroes of the complex-valued solutions. This talk will review some results on the derivation of effective models to describe the statics and dynamics of these vortices, with particular attention to the situation where the number of vortices blows up with the parameters of the problem. In particular we will present new results on the derivation of mean field limits for the dynamics of many vortices starting from the parabolic Ginzburg-Landau equation or the Gross-Pitaevskii (=Schrodinger Ginzburg-Landau) equation.


Andrei Tarfulea

We consider a model for three-dimensional fluid flow on the torus that also keeps track of the local temperature. The momentum equation is the same as for Navier-Stokes, however the kinematic viscosity grows as a function of the local temperature. The temperature is, in turn, fed by the local dissipation of kinetic energy. Intuitively, this leads to a mechanism whereby turbulent regions increase their local viscosity and dissipate faster. We prove a strong a priori bound (that would fall within the Ladyzhenskaya-Prodi-Serrin criterion for ordinary Navier-Stokes) on the thermally weighted enstrophy for classical solutions to the coupled system.

Siao-hao Guo

Analysis of Velázquez's solution to the mean curvature flow with a type II singularity

Velázquez discovered a solution to the mean curvature flow which develops a type II singularity at the origin. He also showed that under a proper time-dependent rescaling of the solution, the rescaled flow converges in the C^0 sense to a minimal hypersurface which is tangent to Simons' cone at infinity. In this talk, we will present that the rescaled flow actually converges locally smoothly to the minimal hypersurface, which appears to be the singularity model of the type II singularity. In addition, we will show that the mean curvature of the solution blows up near the origin at a rate which is smaller than that of the second fundamental form. This is a joint work with N. Sesum.