Fri, 17 Nov 2023
14:00 - 15:00
Mikhail Feldman
University of Wisconsin

In this talk, we discuss two-dimensional Riemann problems in the framework of potential flow
equation and isentropic Euler system. We first review recent results on the existence, regularity and properties of
global self-similar solutions involving transonic shocks for several 2D Riemann problems in the
framework of potential flow equation. Examples include regular shock reflection, Prandtl reflection, and four-shocks
Riemann problem. The approach is to reduce the problem to a free boundary problem for a nonlinear elliptic equation
in self-similar coordinates. A well-known open problem is to extend these results to a compressible Euler system,
i.e. to understand the effects of vorticity. We show that for the isentropic Euler system, solutions have
low regularity, specifically velocity and density do not belong to the Sobolev space $H^1$ in self-similar coordinates.  
We further discuss the well-posedness of the transport equation for vorticity in the resulting low regularity setting.


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