Institute for applied mathematics

Oberseminar Analysis Summer 2013

Organizers: B. Zwicknagl, S. Conti, H. Koch, S. Müller, B. Niethammer, M. Rumpf, B. Schlein, C. Thiele, J. López-Velázquez,

  • Thursday, April 18, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Chiara Saffirio 
    Validity of the Boltzmann equation for short range potential
    In this talk we introduce the problem of the validity of the Boltzmann equation. After a brief review, we focus on the case of a classical system of N particles interacting by means of a short range potential. We show that, in the low--density limit, the system behaves as predicted by the associated Boltzmann equation. This is an extension of the unpublished thesis by King (appeared after the well known result of Lanford for a system of hard spheres). Our analysis applies to any stable and smooth potential. The results presented are obtained in collaboration with M. Pulvirenti and S. Simonella.

  • Thursday, May 2, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Francesco di Plinio (Università di Roma Tor Vergata)
    Endpoint behavior of modulation invariant singular integrals.
    One of the main difficulties arising in the treatment of the Carleson
    operator, and of the related bilinear Hilbert transform, acting on
    function spaces close to L^1, is that the usual Calderón-Zygmund
    decomposition fails to be effective, due to the modulation invariance
    properties of both operators. In this talk, we present several
    endpoint (near L^1 and L^1 x L^2) bounds for both the Carleson
    operator and the Walsh analogue of the bilinear Hilbert transform based on a 
    multifrequency Calderon-Zygmund decomposition first introduced by Nazarov, Oberlin and Thiele. In particular, we discuss recent progress towards the solution of Konyagin's conjecture on almost everywhere convergence of lacunary Fourier and Walsh-Fourier series of functions in the Orlicz space L\log\log L(T). Partly joint work with Ciprian Demeter.

  • Thursday, May 16, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Michael Helmers
    Interfaces in discrete forward-backward diffusion equations
    We study the motion of interfaces in a diffusive lattice equation with
    bistable nonlinearity and derive a free boundary problem with
    hysteresis that describes the macroscopic evolution in the parabolic
    scaling limit. To this end, we first present numerical results and
    heuristic arguments for general bistable nonlinearities and discuss
    the phenomena that appear for different types of initial data. Then we
    rigorously justify the limit dynamics for single-interface data and a
    piecewise affine nonlinearity.

  • Thursday, June 20, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Martin Bock (Theoretical Biology, Bonn University)
    On multi-phase flow
    In this interactive talk I give an introduction to several physical
    models of multi-phase flow. These models describe a fluid with several
    components, with special focus on systems in the strongly dissipative
    limit. First, I propose the Alt/Dembo model of the cytoplasm of
    biological cells. Second, I generalize to N phases and arrive at a set
    of equations initially proposed by Drew/Segel in the 70s. Third, I
    construct the Navier-Stokes equation from mass and momentum conservation
    with the help of non-equilibrium thermodynamics as proposed by
    DeGroot/Mazur. Time permitting, I will sketch how similar thermodynamic
    principles give rise to multi-phase models with additional hydrodynamic
    variables like polarity.

  • Thursday, June 27, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 1.008
    Juan Luis Vazquez (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)
    The theory of fractional heat and porous medium equations
    Much recent research in the area of elliptic and parabolic equations has
    been devoted to study the eect of replacing the Laplace operator, and its
    usual variants, by a fractional Laplacian operator or other similar nonlocal
    operators. Linear and nonlinear models are involved. I will describe recent progress made by me and collaborators on the topic of
    nonlinear fractional heat equations, in particular when the
    nonlinearities are of porous medium and fast diffusion type. The results cover existence and uniqueness of solutions, boundedness, regularity and continuous dependence, positivity and Harnack estimates, and symmetrization. Special attention is given to the construction of fractional Barenblatt solutions and asymptotic behaviour.

  • Thursday, July 4, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Michael Goldman (MPI MiS, Leipzig)
    Regularity and Strict Convexity of Homogenized Interfacial Energies
    In this talk I would like to present a recent joint work with A. Chambolle and M. Novaga about the differentiability and strict convexity properties of the stable norm. This function arises in the process of homogenization of interfacial energies in periodic media. We will see that the differentiability of the stable norm depends on the existence of gaps in the lamination made of some particular minimizers of these interfacial energies, the so-called plane-like minimizers. Our analysis heavily relies on the notion of calibrations for this problem.

  • Thursday, July 11, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 1.008
    YuNing Liu (Universitaet Regensburg)
    Single input controllability of a simplified fluid-structure interaction model
    We study a controllability problem for a simplified one
    dimensional model for the motion of a rigid body in a viscous
    fluid. The control variable is the
    velocity of the fluid at one end. One of the novelties brought in with
    respect to the existing literature consists in the fact that we use a
    single scalar control. Moreover, we introduce a new methodology, which
    can be used for other nonlinear parabolic systems, independently of
    the techniques previously used for the linearized problem. This
    methodology is based on an abstract argument for the null
    controllability of parabolic equations in the presence of source terms
    and it avoids tackling linearized problems with time dependent

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Michael Bildhauer (Universitaet des Saarlandes)
    Denoising and Inpainting in Image Analysis:
    Variants of the Total Variation Regularization

    We discuss several variants of the "Total Variation Regularization
    Model" used both for Denoising and for Inpainting problems in image analysis. The main features are the investigation of the analytic properties of solutions and uniqueness results both for the solution and for the dual problem.

  • Thursday, July 18, 2013, 3:30 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Oliver Schnuerer (Universitaet Konstanz)
    Mean curvature flow without singularities
    We study graphical mean curvature flow of complete solutions defined

    on subsets of Euclidean space. We obtain smooth long time
    existence. The projections of the evolving graphs also solve mean
    curvature flow. Hence this approach allows to smoothly flow through
    singularities by studying graphical mean curvature flow with one
    additional dimension.
    We present joint work with Mariel Sáez.



Die ehemalige Doktorandin am IAM, Lisa Hartung (aktuell: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York), wurde für ihre herausragende Doktorarbeit "Extremal Processes in Branching Brownian Motion and Friends" (Betreuer: Prof. Bovier) mit dem Förderpreis der DMV-Fachgruppe Stochastik ausgezeichnet. Details hier. (14.03.2018)

Prof.  Patrik Ferrari erhält den ersten Alexandros Award zusammen mit Ivan Corwin (Columbia University) und Alexei Borodin (MIT) für den Artikel "Free energy fluctuations for directed polymers in random media in 1+1 dimensions".
Details siehe hier. (12.03.2018)

Frau Dr. Martina Vera Baar erhält den Hausdorff-Gedächtnispreis für die beste Dissertation des akademischen Jahres 2016/17 (Betreuer: Prof. Dr. A. Bovier, IAM). (Pressemitteilung, 24.01.2018)


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Chief Administrator: Dr. B. Doerffel

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