Past Functional Analysis Seminar

12 February 2013
17:00
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18:16
Charles Batty
Abstract

A very efficient way to obtain rates of energy decay for damped wave equations is to use operator semigroups to pass from resolvent estimates to energy estimates.  This is known to give the optimal results in cases when the resolvent estimates have simple forms such as being exactly polynomial ($|s|^\alpha$).  After reviewing that theory this talk will discuss cases when the resolvent estimates are slightly different, for example $|s|^\alpha/ \log |s|$ or $|s|^\alpha \log |s|$.

  • Functional Analysis Seminar
29 January 2013
17:00
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18:16
Andrew Morris
Abstract
We prove that strongly continuous groups generated by first-order systems $D$ on Riemannian manifolds have finite propagation speed. The new direct proof for self-adjoint systems also provides a new approach to the weak Huygens' principle for second-order hyperbolic equations. The techniques are also combined with the resolvent approach to sectorial operators to obtain $L^2$ off-diagonal estimates for functions of $D$, which are the starting point for obtaining $L^p$ estimates for Riesz transforms on manifolds where the heat semigroup does not satisfy pointwise Guassian bounds. The two approaches are then combined via a Calder\'{o}n reproducing formula that allows for the analysing function to interact with $D$ through the holomorphic functional calculus whilst the synthesising function interacts with $D$ through the Fourier transform. This is joint work with P.~Auscher and A.~McIntosh.
  • Functional Analysis Seminar
30 October 2012
17:00
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18:23
Vesselin Petkov
Abstract
We study symmetric systems with dissipative boundary conditions. The solutions of the mixed problems for such systems are given by a contraction semigroup $V(t)f = e^{tG_b}f,\: t \geq 0$. The solutions $u = e^{tG_b}f$ with eigenfunctions $f$ of the generator $G_b$ with eigenvalues $\lambda,\: \Re \lambda < 0,$ are called asymptotically disappearing (ADS). If we have (ADS), the wave operators are not complete and the inverse back-scattering problems become complicated. We examine the spectrum of the generator $G_b$ and we show that this spectrum in the open half plane $\Re \lambda < 0$ is formed by isolated eigenvalues with finite multiplicity. The existence of (ADS) is a difficult problem. We establish the existence of (ADS) for the Maxwell system in the exterior of a sphere. We will discuss some other applications related to the existence of (ADS).
  • Functional Analysis Seminar

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