Speaker: Joseph Keir (North)
Title: Dispersion (or not) in nonlinear wave equations
Abstract: Wave equations are ubiquitous in physics, playing central roles in fields as diverse as fluid dynamics, electromagnetism and general relativity. In many cases of these wave equations are nonlinear, and consequently can exhibit dramatically different behaviour when their solutions become large. Interestingly, they can also exhibit differences when given arbitrarily small initial data: in some cases, the nonlinearities drive solutions to grow larger and even to blow up in a finite time, while in other cases solutions disperse just like the linear case. The precise conditions on the nonlinearity which discriminate between these two cases are unknown, but in this talk I will present a conjecture regarding where this border lies, along with some conditions which are sufficient to guarantee dispersion.
Speaker: Priya Subramanian (South)
Title: What happens when an applied mathematician uses algebraic geometry?
Abstract: A regular situation that an applied mathematician faces is to obtain the equilibria of a set of differential equations that govern a system of interest. A number of techniques can help at this point to simplify the equations, which reduce the problem to that of finding equilibria of coupled polynomial equations. I want to talk about how homotopy methods developed in computational algebraic geometry can solve for all solutions of coupled polynomial equations non-iteratively using an example pattern forming system. Finally, I will end with some thoughts on what other 'nails' we might use this new shiny hammer on.