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 2019-Spring 2020

PDE GA Seminar Schedule Fall 2019-Spring 2020

date speaker title host(s)
Sep 9 Scott Smith (UW Madison) TBA Kim and Tran
Sep 14-15 AMS Fall Central Sectional Meeting https://www.ams.org/meetings/sectional/2267_program.html
Sep 16 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
Sep 23 Son Tu (UW Madison) TBA Kim and Tran
Sep 30 Michael Loss (Georgia tech) TBA Kim
Oct 7 Jin Woo Jang (Postech) TBA Kim
Oct 14 Stefania Patrizi (UT Austin) TBA Tran
Oct 21 Claude Bardos (Université Paris Denis Diderot, France) From d'Alembert paradox to 1984 Kato criteria via 1941 1/3 Kolmogorov law and 1949 Onsager conjecture Li
Oct 28 Albert Ai (UW Madison) TBA Ifrim
Nov 4 Yunbai Cao (UW Madison) TBA Kim and Tran
Nov 11 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
Feb 17 Yannick Sire (JHU) TBA Tran
Feb 24 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
March 2 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
March 9 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
March 16 No seminar (spring break) TBA Host
March 23 Jared Speck (Vanderbilt) TBA SCHRECKER
March 30 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
April 6 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
April 13 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
April 20 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host
April 27 Speaker (Institute) TBA Host


Julian Lopez-Gomez

Title: The theorem of characterization of the Strong Maximum Principle

Abstract: The main goal of this talk is to discuss the classical (well known) versions of the strong maximum principle of Hopf and Oleinik, as well as the generalized maximum principle of Protter and Weinberger. These results serve as steps towards the theorem of characterization of the strong maximum principle of the speaker, Molina-Meyer and Amann, which substantially generalizes a popular result of Berestycki, Nirenberg and Varadhan.

Hiroyoshi Mitake

Title: On approximation of time-fractional fully nonlinear equations

Abstract: Fractional calculus has been studied extensively these years in wide fields. In this talk, we consider time-fractional fully nonlinear equations. Giga-Namba (2017) recently has established the well-posedness (i.e., existence/uniqueness) of viscosity solutions to this equation. We introduce a natural approximation in terms of elliptic theory and prove the convergence. The talk is based on the joint work with Y. Giga (Univ. of Tokyo) and Q. Liu (Fukuoka Univ.)

Changyou Wang

Title: Some recent results on mathematical analysis of Ericksen-Leslie System

Abstract: The Ericksen-Leslie system is the governing equation that describes the hydrodynamic evolution of nematic liquid crystal materials, first introduced by J. Ericksen and F. Leslie back in 1960's. It is a coupling system between the underlying fluid velocity field and the macroscopic average orientation field of the nematic liquid crystal molecules. Mathematically, this system couples the Navier-Stokes equation and the harmonic heat flow into the unit sphere. It is very challenging to analyze such a system by establishing the existence, uniqueness, and (partial) regularity of global (weak/large) solutions, with many basic questions to be further exploited. In this talk, I will report some results we obtained from the last few years.

Matthew Schrecker

Title: Finite energy methods for the 1D isentropic Euler equations

Abstract: In this talk, I will present some recent results concerning the 1D isentropic Euler equations using the theory of compensated compactness in the framework of finite energy solutions. In particular, I will discuss the convergence of the vanishing viscosity limit of the compressible Navier-Stokes equations to the Euler equations in one space dimension. I will also discuss how the techniques developed for this problem can be applied to the existence theory for the spherically symmetric Euler equations and the transonic nozzle problem. One feature of these three problems is the lack of a priori estimates in the space $L^\infty$, which prevent the application of the standard theory for the 1D Euler equations.

Anna Mazzucato

Title: On the vanishing viscosity limit in incompressible flows

Abstract: I will discuss recent results on the analysis of the vanishing viscosity limit, that is, whether solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations converge to solutions of the Euler equations, for incompressible fluids when walls are present. At small viscosity, a viscous boundary layer arise near the walls where large gradients of velocity and vorticity may form and propagate in the bulk (if the boundary layer separates). A rigorous justification of Prandtl approximation, in absence of analyticity or monotonicity of the data, is available essentially only in the linear or weakly linear regime under no-slip boundary conditions. I will present in particular a detailed analysis of the boundary layer for an Oseen-type equation (linearization around a steady Euler flow) in general smooth domains.

Lei Wu

Title: Hydrodynamic Limits in Kinetic Equations with Boundary Layer Effects

Abstract: Hydrodynamic limits concern the rigorous derivation of fluid equations from kinetic theory. In bounded domains, kinetic boundary corrections (i.e. boundary layers) play a crucial role. In this talk, I will discuss a fresh formulation to characterize the boundary layer with geometric correction, and in particular, its applications in 2D smooth convex domains with in-flow or diffusive boundary conditions. We will focus on some newly developed techniques to justify the asymptotic expansion, e.g. weighted regularity in Milne problems and boundary layer decomposition.

Annalaura Stingo

Title: Global existence of small solutions to a model wave-Klein-Gordon system in 2D

Abstract: This talk deals with the problem of global existence of solutions to a quadratic coupled wave-Klein-Gordon system in space dimension 2, when initial data are small, smooth and mildly decaying at infinity.Some physical models, especially related to general relativity, have shown the importance of studying such systems. At present, most of the existing results concern the 3-dimensional case or that of compactly supported initial data. We content ourselves here with studying the case of a model quadratic quasi-linear non-linearity, that expresses in terms of « null forms » . Our aim is to obtain some energy estimates on the solution when some Klainerman vector fields are acting on it, and sharp uniform estimates. The former ones are recovered making systematically use of normal forms’ arguments for quasi-linear equations, in their para-differential version, whereas we derive the latter ones by deducing a system of ordinary differential equations from the starting partial differential system. We hope this strategy will lead us in the future to treat the case of the most general non-linearities.

Yeon-Eung Kim

Title: Construction of solutions to a Hamilton-Jacobi equation with a maximum constraint and some uniqueness properties

A biological evolution model involving trait as space variable has a interesting feature phenomena called Dirac concentration of density as diffusion coefficient vanishes. The limiting equation from the model can be formulated by Hamilton Jacobi equation with a maximum constraint. In this talk, I will present a way of constructing a solution to a constraint Hamilton Jacobi equation together with some uniqueness and non-uniqueness properties.

Albert Ai

Title: Low Regularity Solutions for Gravity Water Waves

Abstract: We consider the local well-posedness of the Cauchy problem for the gravity water waves equations, which model the free interface between a fluid and air in the presence of gravity. It has been known that by using dispersive effects, one can lower the regularity threshold for well-posedness below that which is attainable by energy estimates alone. Using a paradifferential reduction of Alazard-Burq-Zuily and low regularity Strichartz estimates, we apply this idea to the well-posedness of the gravity water waves equations in arbitrary space dimension. Further, in two space dimensions, we discuss how one can apply local smoothing effects to further extend this result.

Trevor Leslie

Title: Flocking Models with Singular Interaction Kernels

Abstract: Many biological systems exhibit the property of self-organization, the defining feature of which is coherent, large-scale motion arising from underlying short-range interactions between the agents that make up the system. In this talk, we give an overview of some simple models that have been used to describe the so-called flocking phenomenon. Within the family of models that we consider (of which the Cucker-Smale model is the canonical example), writing down the relevant set of equations amounts to choosing a kernel that governs the interaction between agents. We focus on the recent line of research that treats the case where the interaction kernel is singular. In particular, we discuss some new results on the wellposedness and long-time dynamics of the Euler Alignment model and the Shvydkoy-Tadmor model.

Serena Federico

Title: Sufficient conditions for local solvability of some degenerate partial differential operators

Abstract: In this talk we will give sufficient conditions for the local solvability of a class of degenerate second order linear partial differential operators with smooth coefficients. The class under consideration, inspired by some generalizations of the Kannai operator, is characterized by the presence of a complex subprincipal symbol. By giving suitable conditions on the subprincipal part and using the technique of a priori estimates, we will show that the operators in the class are at least $L^2$ to $L^2$ locally solvable.

Max Engelstein

Title: The role of Energy in Regularity

Abstract: The calculus of variations asks us to minimize some energy and then describe the shape/properties of the minimizers. It is perhaps a surprising fact that minimizers to ``nice" energies are more regular than one, a priori, assumes. A useful tool for understanding this phenomenon is the Euler-Lagrange equation, which is a partial differential equation satisfied by the critical points of the energy.

However, as we teach our calculus students, not every critical point is a minimizer. In this talk we will discuss some techniques to distinguish the behavior of general critical points from that of minimizers. We will then outline how these techniques may be used to solve some central open problems in the field.

We will then turn the tables, and examine PDEs which look like they should be an Euler-Lagrange equation but for which there is no underlying energy. For some of these PDEs the solutions will regularize (as if there were an underlying energy) for others, pathological behavior can occur.

Ru-Yu Lai

Title: Inverse transport theory and related applications.

Abstract: The inverse transport problem consists of reconstructing the optical properties of a medium from boundary measurements. It finds applications in a variety of fields. In particular, radiative transfer equation (a linear transport equation) models the photon propagation in a medium in optical tomography. In this talk we will address results on the determination of these optical parameters. Moreover, the connection between the inverse transport problem and the Calderon problem will also be discussed.

Seokbae Yun

Title: The propagations of uniform upper bounds fo the spatially homogeneous relativistic Boltzmann equation

Abstract: In this talk, we consider the propagation of the uniform upper bounds for the spatially homogenous relativistic Boltzmann equation. For this, we establish two types of estimates for the the gain part of the collision operator: namely, a potential type estimate and a relativistic hyper-surface integral estimate. We then combine them using the relativistic counter-part of the Carlemann representation to derive a uniform control of the gain part, which gives the desired propagation of the uniform bounds of the solution. Some applications of the results are also considered. This is a joint work with Jin Woo Jang and Robert M. Strain.

Daniel Tataru

Title: A Morawetz inequality for water waves.

Authors: Thomas Alazard, Mihaela Ifrim, Daniel Tataru.

Abstract: We consider gravity water waves in two space dimensions, with finite or infinite depth. Assuming some uniform scale invariant Sobolev bounds for the solutions, we prove local energy decay (Morawetz) estimates globally in time. Our result is uniform in the infinite depth limit.

Wenjia Jing

Title: Periodic homogenization of Dirichlet problems in perforated domains: a unified proof

Abstract: In this talk, we present a unified proof to establish periodic homogenization for the Dirichlet problems associated to the Laplace operator in perforated domains; here the uniformity is with respect to the ratio between scaling factors of the perforation holes and the periodicity. Our method recovers, for critical scaling of the hole-cell ratio, the “strange term coming from nowhere” found by Cioranescu and Murat, and it works at the same time for other settings of hole-cell ratios. Moreover, the method is naturally based on analysis of rescaled cell problems and hence reveals the intrinsic connections among the apparently different homogenization behaviors in those different settings. We also show how to quantify the approach to get error estimates and corrector results.

Xiaoqin Guo

Title: Quantitative homogenization in a balanced random environment

Abstract: Stochastic homogenization of discrete difference operators is closely related to the convergence of random walk in a random environment (RWRE) to its limiting process. In this talk we discuss non-divergence form difference operators in an i.i.d random environment and the corresponding process—a random walk in a balanced random environment in the integer lattice Z^d. We first quantify the ergodicity of the environment viewed from the point of view of the particle. As consequences, we obtain algebraic rates of convergence for the quenched central limit theorem of the RWRE and for the homogenization of both elliptic and parabolic non-divergence form difference operators. Joint work with J. Peterson (Purdue) and H. V. Tran (UW-Madison).


Title: PDE aspects of the Navier-Stokes equations and simpler models

Abstract: Does the Navier-Stokes equation give a reasonably complete description of fluid motion? There seems to be no empirical evidence which would suggest a negative answer (in regimes which are not extreme), but from the purely mathematical point of view, the answer may not be so clear. In the lecture, I will discuss some of the possible scenarios and open problems for both the full equations and simplified models.

Jonathan Luk

Title: Stability of vacuum for the Landau equation with moderately soft potentials

Abstract: Consider the Landau equation with moderately soft potentials in the whole space. We prove that sufficiently small and localized regular initial data give rise to unique global-in-time smooth solutions. Moreover, the solutions approach that of the free transport equation as $t\to +\infty$. This is the first stability of vacuum result for a binary collisional kinetic model featuring a long-range interaction.

Jiaxin Jin

Title: Convergence to the complex balanced equilibrium for some reaction-diffusion systems with boundary equilibria.

Abstract: We first analyze a three-species system with boundary equilibria in some stoichiometric classes and study the rate of convergence to the complex balanced equilibrium. Then we prove similar results on the convergence to the positive equilibrium for a fairly general two-species reversible reaction-diffusion network with boundary equilibria.

Jingrui Cheng

Title: Gradient estimate for complex Monge-Ampere equations

Abstract: We consider complex Monge-Ampere equations on a compact Kahler manifold. Previous gradient estimates of the solution all require some derivative bound of the right hand side. I will talk about how to get gradient estimate in $L^p$ and $L^{\infty}$, depending only on the continuity of the right hand side.

Yao Yao

Title: Radial symmetry of stationary and uniformly-rotating solutions in 2D incompressible fluid equations

Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss some recent work on radial symmetry property for stationary or uniformly-rotating solutions for 2D Euler and SQG equation, where we aim to answer the question whether every stationary/uniformly-rotating solution must be radially symmetric, if the vorticity is compactly supported. This is a joint work with Javier Gómez-Serrano, Jaemin Park and Jia Shi.

Jessica Lin

Title: Speeds and Homogenization for Reaction-Diffusion Equations in Random Media

Abstract: The study of spreadings speeds, front speeds, and homogenization for reaction-diffusion equations in random heterogeneous media is of interest for many applications to mathematical modelling. However, most existing arguments rely on the construction of special solutions or linearization techniques. In this talk, I will present some new approaches for their analysis which do not utilize either of these. This talk is based on joint work with Andrej Zlatos.

Beomjun Choi

In this talk, we first introduce the inverse mean curvature flow and its well known application in the the proof of Riemannian Penrose inequality by Huisken and Ilmanen. Then our main result on the existence and behavior of convex non-compact solution will be discussed.

The key ingredient is a priori interior in time estimate on the inverse mean curvature in terms of the aperture of supporting cone at infinity. This is a joint work with P. Daskalopoulos and I will also mention the recent work with P.-K. Hung concerning the evolution of singular hypersurfaces.