Past PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar

1 June 2017
17:00
Fraydoun Rezakhanlou
Abstract

According to a classical result of Bertoin (1998), if the initial data for Burgers equation is a Levy Process with no positive jump, then the same is true at later times, and there is an explicit equation for the evolution of the associated Levy measures. In 2010, Menon and Srinivasan published a conjecture for the statistical structure of solutions to scalar conservation laws with certain Markov initial conditions, proposing a kinetic equation that should suffice to describe the solution as a stochastic process in x with t fixed (or in t with x fixed). In a joint work with Dave Kaspar, we have been able to establish this conjecture. Our argument uses a particle system representation of solutions.

 

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
1 June 2017
12:00
Vladimir Sverak
Abstract


The Constantin-Lax-Majda model is a 1d system which shares certain features (related to vortex stretching) with the 3d Euler equation. The model is explicitly solvable and exhibits finite-time blow-up for an open subset of smooth initial data. In 1990s De Gregorio suggested adding a transport term to the system, which is analogous to the transport term in the Euler equation. It turns out the transport term has some regularizing effects, which we will discuss in the lecture.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
25 May 2017
12:00
Abstract

I will  address the study of decay rates of solutions to dissipative equations. The characterization of these rates will first be given for a wide class of linear systems by the decay character, which is a number associated to the initial datum that describes the behavior of the datum near the origin in frequency space. The understanding of the behavior of the linear  combined with the decay character and the Fourier Splitting method is then used to obtain some  upper and lower bounds for decay of solutions to appropriate dissipative nonlinear equations, both in the incompressible and compressible case. 

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
18 May 2017
12:00
Abstract

We determine the hydrodynamic limit of some kinetic equations with either stochastic Vlasov force term or stochastic collision kernel. We obtain stochastic second-order parabolic equations at the limit. In the regime we consider, we also observe (or do not observe) some phenomena of enhanced diffusion. Joint works with Nils Caillerie, Arnaud Debussche, Martina Hofmanová.
 

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
27 April 2017
12:00
Abstract

We consider the Euler–Voigt equations in a bounded domain as an approximation for the 3D Euler equations. We adopt suitable physical conditions and show that the solutions of the Voigt equations are global, do not smooth out the solutions and converge to the solutions of the Euler equations, hence they represent a good model.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
7 April 2017
12:00
Abstract

We study vortex sheets for the relativistic Euler equations in three-dimensional Minkowski spacetime. The problem is a nonlinear hyperbolic problem with a characteristic free boundary. The so-called Lopatinskii condition holds only in a weak sense, which yields losses of derivatives. A necessary condition for the weak stability is obtained by analyzing roots of the Lopatinskii determinant associated to the linearized problem. Under such stability condition,  we prove short-time existence and nonlinear stability of relativistic vortex sheets by the Nash-Moser iterative scheme.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
7 April 2017
11:00
Paolo Secchi
Abstract

We consider the free boundary problem for 2D current-vortex sheets in ideal incompressible magneto-hydrodynamics near the transition point between the linearized stability and instability. In order to study the dynamics of the discontinuity near the onset of the instability, Hunter and Thoo have introduced an asymptotic quadratically nonlinear integro-differential equation for the amplitude of small perturbations of the planar discontinuity. 
In this talk we present our results about the well-posedness of the problem in the sense of Hadamard, under a suitable stability condition, that is the 
local-in-time existence in Sobolev spaces and uniqueness of smooth solutions to the Cauchy problem, and the strong continuous dependence on the data in the same topology.
Joint works with: Alessandro Morando and Paola Trebeschi.
 

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
9 March 2017
12:00
Abstract

Consider a family of uniformly bounded $W^{2,p}$ isometric immersions of an $n$-dimensional (semi-) Riemannian manifold into (resp., semi-) Euclidean spaces. Are the weak limits still isometric immersions?

We answer the question in the affirmative for $p>n$ in the Riemannian case, by exploiting the div-curl structure of the Gauss-Codazzi-Ricci equations, which describe the curvature flatness of the isometric immersions. Along the way a generalised div-curl lemma in Banach spaces is established. Moreover, the endpoint case $p=n=2$ is settled. 

In the semi-Riemannian case we reduce the problem to the weak continuity of H. Cartan's structural equations in $W^{1,p}_{\rm loc}$, which is proved by a generalised compensated compactness theorem relating the weak continuity of quadratic forms to the principal symbols of differential constraints. Again for $p>n$ we obtain the weak rigidity. The case of degenerate hypersurfaces are also discussed, as well as connections to PDEs in fluid dynamics.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
2 March 2017
12:00
Moritz Kassmann
Abstract

We report on recent developments in the study of nonlocal operators. The central object of the talk are quadratic forms similar to those that define Sobolev spaces of fractional order. These objects are naturally linked to Markov processes via the theory of Dirichlet forms. We provide regularity results for solutions to corresponding integrodifferential equations. Our emphasis is on forms with singularand anisotropic measures. Some of the objects under consideration are related to the Boltzmann equation, which leads to an interesting question of comparability of quadrativ forms. The talk is based on recent results joint with B. Dyda and with K.-U. Bux and T. Schulze.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar

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