PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar

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26 April 2018
12:00
Florian Schweiger
Abstract

We consider the discrete Bilaplacian on a cube in two and three dimensions with zero boundary data and prove estimates for its Green's function that are sharp up to the boundary. The main tools in the proof are Caccioppoli estimates and a compactness argument which allows one to transfer estimate for continuous PDEs to the discrete setting. One application of these estimates is to understand the so-called membrane model from statistical physics, and we will outline how these estimates can be applied to understand the phenomenon of entropic repulsion. We will also describe some connections to numerical analysis, in particular another approach to these estimates based on convergence estimates for finite difference schemes.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
10 May 2018
12:00
Paolo Bonicatto
Abstract

Given $d \ge 1$, $T>0$ and a vector field $\mathbf b \colon [0,T] \times \mathbb R^d \to \mathbb R^d$, we study the problem of uniqueness of weak solutions to the associated transport equation $\partial_t u + \mathbf b \cdot \nabla u=0$ where $u \colon [0,T] \times \mathbb R^d \to \mathbb R$ is an unknown scalar function. In the classical setting, the method of characteristics is available and provides an explicit formula for the solution of the PDE, in terms of the flow of the vector field $\mathbf b$. However, when we drop regularity assumptions on the velocity field, uniqueness is in general lost.
In the talk we will present an approach to the problem of uniqueness based on the concept of Lagrangian representation. This tool allows to represent a suitable class of vector fields as superposition of trajectories: we will then give local conditions to ensure that this representation induces a partition of the space-time made up of disjoint trajectories, along which the PDE can be disintegrated into a family of 1-dimensional equations. We will finally show that if $\mathbf b$ is locally of class $BV$ in the space variable, the decomposition satisfies this local structural assumption: this yields in particular the renormalization property for nearly incompressible $BV$ vector fields and thus gives a positive answer to the (weak) Bressan's Compactness Conjecture. This is a joint work with S. Bianchini.
 

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar
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