Institute for applied mathematics

Oberseminar Analysis Summer 2016

Organizers: C. Seis, S. Conti, H. Koch, S. Müller, B. Niethammer, M. Rumpf, C. Thiele, J.J.L. Velázquez

  • Thursday, July 14, 3:45 p.m., R 2.040
    Daoyin He (U Göttingen)
    Critical exponents for semilinear Tricomi-type equations
    My primary research interest lies in the semilinear generalized Tricomi equation \begin{equation*} \partial_t^2 u-t^m \Delta_x u=|u|^p \end{equation*} in $\mathbb{R}_+\times\mathbb{R}^n$ with suitable initial data $(u(0,\cdot), \partial_t u(0,\cdot))=(u_0, u_1)$, where $n\geq3$ and $m\in\mathbb{N}$. The main objective of this talk is to determine the critical exponent $p_c=p_c(m,n)$, such that if $p> p_c$, the global existence of small initial data solution is guaranteed, while, for $1 < p\leq p_c$ and (non-zero)non-negative initial data, the local solution blows up in finite time.
    This problem, for the wave equation when $m=0$, was known as Strauss conjecture and was solved during the last three decades. From a physicist's point of view, the Tricomi problem is closely related to the study of gas flows with nearly sonic speed. More specifically, the Tricomi equation describes the transition from the subsonic flow (in the elliptic region) to the supersonic flow (in the hyperbolic region).
    So far, in the joint work with Ingo Witt and Huicheng Yin, we have found out the precise value of the critical exponent $p_c$. As it turns out, the Tricomi operator behaves much like the wave operator. Therefore, non-weighted or weighted Strichartz estimates can establish what ultimately leads to global existence. For the blowup part, one uses a suitable formula for a modified Bessel function together with the test function method to get the result.

  • Thursday, June 9, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Xian Liao (U Bonn)
    Global regularities of the two dimensional density patch for the inhomogeneous incompressible viscous flow
    In this talk I will show the persistence of the boundary regularities of the density patch problem for the inhomogeneous incompressible Navier-Stokes equations in space dimension two, under the small jump condition. The talk will be divided into two parts. In the introduction part I will first formulate the density patch problem mathematically and then give the goal estimates. In the second part I will sketch the proof. The striated distribution spaces and the maximal regularity estimates are key tools in the proof. This is a joint work with Ping Zhang in AMSS, Beijing.

  • Thursday, June 2, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal
    Matthias Erbar (U Bonn)
    A gradient flow approach to the Boltzmann equation
    In this talk, I will present a novel interpretation of the homogeneous Boltzmann equation (with constant collision kernel) as the gradient flow of the entropy with respect to a suitable geometry on the space of probability measures. This geometry is given by a new notion of distance between probability measures, which takes the collision process between particles into account. As a first application, one obtains a novel time-discrete approximation scheme for the homogeneous Boltzmann equation.

  • Thursday, April 28, 2:15 p.m., R 2.040
    Richard Kraaij (TU Delft)
    Convexity of entropy along entropic interpolations
    To many McKean-Vlasov equations, one can associate via stochastic approximation and large deviation theory a higher dimensional Hamiltonian dynamics. This point of view has been exploited by Mielke, Peletier, Renger [2014] to show that if the approximating stochastic systems are reversible, then the McKean-Vlasov dynamics are a gradient flow of the limiting entropy of the stationary measures of the stochastic systems.
    In this talk, we extend this point of view for (possibly non-reversible) finite dimensional systems (i.e. jump processes on finite state space, or small random perturbations of dynamical systems on subsets of R^d). We define entropic interpolations in terms of the Hamiltonian dynamics and give conditions under which the limiting entropy of the stochastic systems is convex along the entropic interpolation. We also introduce a weaker 'entropy-information' inequality that implies exponential decay of entropy along the solution of the McKean-Vlasov equation, naturally extending the notion of the modified Logarithmic Sobolev inequality for the Kolmogorov forward equation.
    If time permits, we consider some simple models for which the conditions and inequalities can be verified.



Prof. Dr. S. Müller erhält den diesjährigen Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn (07.07.17).

Prof. Dr. Michael Ortiz kommt als Bonn Research Chair ans IAM (Pressemitteilung, 29.7.2016).

Prof. Dr. S. Conti erhält den diesjährigen Lehrpreis der Universität Bonn (05.07.2016).

Prof. Dr. Karl-Theodor Sturm, Koordinator des Hausdorff Zentrums für Mathematik an der Universität Bonn, erhält für seine eigene Forschung einen begehrten Advanced Grant des Europäischen Forschungsrats (ERC). (Pressemitteilung 21.04.2016)

Prof. Dr. Stefan Müller has been invited to become full member of the scientific society “Academia Europaea” in November. Only European scientists, who have been recommended by a review board and are confirmed by a vote of the council, can join the society. (06.01.2016)


Managing Director: Prof. Dr. Anton Bovier
Chief Administrator: Dr. B. Doerffel

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