Patlak-Keller-Segel equations

26 January 2017
Jan Burczak

Patlak-Keller-Segel equations 
u_t - L u &= - \mathop{\text{div}\,} (u \nabla v) \\
v_t - \Delta v &= u,
where L is a dissipative operator, stem from mathematical chemistry and mathematical biology.
Their variants describe, among others, behaviour of chemotactic populations, including feeding strategies of zooplankton or of certain insects. Analytically, Patlak-Keller-Segel equations reveal quite rich dynamics and a delicate global smoothness vs. blowup dichotomy. 
We will discuss smoothness/blowup results for popular variants of the equations, focusing on the critical cases, where dissipative and aggregative forces seem to be in a balance. A part of this talk is based on joint results with Rafael Granero-Belinchon (Lyon).

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar