Lecture Series: Scaling Dynamics in Aggregation Models

10 June 2010
Professor Bob Pego

Clustering phenomena occur in numerous areas of science. This series of lectures will discuss:

(i) basic kinetic models for clustering- Smoluchowski's coagulation equation, random shock clustering, ballistic aggregation, domain-wall merging;

(ii) Criteria for approach to self-similarity- role of regular variation;

(iii) The scaling attractor and its measure representation. A particular theme is the use of methods and insights from probability in tandem with dynamical systems theory. In particular there is a

close analogy of scaling dynamics with the stable laws of probability and infinite divisibility.