Institute for applied mathematics

Oberseminar Analysis Winter 2012/13

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

  • Thursday, October 18, 2012, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    André Schlichting
    The Eyring-Kramers formula for Poincaré and logarithmic Sobolev inequalities

    We consider a class of Fokker-Planck equations in the regime of low
    temperature. The presented technique provides a new proof for the
    sharp estimate of the spectral gap of the associated generator,
    which has the variational formulation as the optimal constant
    in the Poincaré inequality. Moreover, this approach generalises to
    the optimal constant in the logarithmic Sobolev inequality, which has
    no characterisation by the spectrum of the generator. This sharp
    identification is called Eyring-Kramers formula and allows to obtain
    fine properties of the relaxation behaviour of the associated diffusion
    process. The result follow from two main ingredients: The first one uses
    an explicit construction of a Lyapunov function for the dynamics restricted
    to a basin of attraction resulting in "good" Poincaré and log-Sobolev constants.
    This mimics the fast convergence of the diffusion to metastable states.
    The second ingredient is a mean-difference estimate, where we propose a
    dynamic interpretation of the negative Sobolev norm as weighted transport
    distance. Therewith, we obtain the main contribution to the Poincaré and
    logarithmic Sobolev constant, resulting from exponential long waiting times
    of jumps between metastable states of the diffusion. (joint work with Georg Menz)

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Martijn Zaal (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    Gradient flows in metric and non-metric spaces and applications to parabolic free
    boundary problems

    In this talk, a very simple model for cell swelling by osmosis will be studied.
    The problem consists of diffusion in a free domain. The boundary moves by
    surface tension and osmotic force. A variational formulation for this problem
    will be introduced, and it will be shown that the osmotic force can be thought
    of as a Lagrange multiplier. Finally, it appears that the concept of gradient
    flow can be stretched a bit further than metric spaces, and that this
    generalization is useful to study the variational structure of the mean
    curvature flow.

  • Thursday, November 22, 2012, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Marcello Lucia (City University of New York)
    Best constant in some Onofri type inequalities
    In 1982 Onofri derived on the two-dimensional sphere an optimal inequality
    for a Moser-Trudinger type functional. The aim of this talk is to present
    similar results either on closed surfaces, or on a disk within the class of
    functions that are invariant under the action of a group of rotations. Those
    results can be applied to classify the steady states of a chemotaxis system.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2012, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Allan Chan
    Energyscaling, domain-branching and SO(2)-invariance in solid-solid phase transitions
    In the early 90s Kohn and Müller established a model for the formation
    of domain pattern in martensitic shape-memory alloys. For a vectorial
    generalization of their model for solid-solid phase transitions with SO(2)
    invariance, we discuss the cases with one and two rank-1 connections and
    derive upper and lower bounds to the infimum energy with domain branching.

  • Thursday, December 6, 2012, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Yukihiro Seki
    Multiple peak aggregations for the Keller-Segel system
    We discuss two-dimensinal Keller-Segel system, a classical model of chemotactic
    We derive matched asymptotic expansions for a solution whose amount of
    mass aggregation is 8N\pi, where N = 1, 2, 3, ...
    Previously available asymptotics had been computed only for the case of N = 1.
    This talk is based on a joint work with J.J.L. Vela\'{a}zquez and Y. Sugiyama.

  • Thursday, December 6, 2012, 3:30 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Manuel Gnann (MPI MIS, Leipzig)
    Viscous thin fi lms: towards a regularity theory for the moving contact line

  • Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Cyrill Muratov (New Jersey Institute of Technology)
    On shape of charged drops: an isoperimetric problem with a competing non-local term.
    In this talk I will give an overview of my recent work with H. Knuepfer
    on the analysis of a class of geometric problems in the calculus of variations.
    I will discuss the basic questions of existence and non-existence of energy
    minimizers for the isoperimetric problem with a competing non-local term.
    A complete answer will be given for the case of slowly decaying kernels in
    two space dimensions, and qualitative properties of the minimizers will be
    established for general Riesz kernels.

  • Thursday, January 10, 2013, 3:30 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Dhia Mansour (Tuebingen University)
    Variational discretization of linear wave equations on evolving surfaces
    We introduce a linear wave equation on a moving surface derived from the
    Hamilton's  principle of stationary action. The variational principle is discretized
    with functions that are piecewise linear in space and time. This yields a
    discretization of the wave equation in space by evolving surface finite elements
    and in time by a variational integrator, a version of the leapfrog or
    Stoermer--Verlet method. Stability and convergence of the full discretization
    in the natural time-dependent norms  are analyzed. Under suitable assumptions,
    we obtain optimal-order error estimates. Numerical experiments illustrate the
    behavior of the fully discrete method.
    The talk is based on joint work with Ch. Lubich (Tuebingen).

  • Thursday, January 17, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Michal Wrochna (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen)
    Positive-frequency solutions of the Klein-Gordon equation: the case of
    overcritical potentials

    In quantum field theory on curved space-time or in external potentials, a
    central problem is to find solutions of the underlying Klein-Gordon equation
    with a prescribed singularity structure. I will explain the original motivation
    and modern formulations of the problem in terms of the wave front set, and
    I will present some recent constructions. This will include the analysis of the
    `overcritical case', in which the quantities preserved by the evolution are
    non-positive. As an outlook, I will comment on perspectives in systems with
    Coulomb potential.
  • Thursday, January 17, 2013, 3:30 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Benedikt Wirth (New York University)
    A convex approximation of Euler's elastica functional
    Euler's elastica energy has often been proposed for curvature regularization
    in image processing, however, global minimizers are difficult to obtain due to
    the high nonlinearity and nonconvexity. We introduce a convex, lower
    semi-continuous, coercive approximation, which is thus very well-suited as a
    regularizer in image processing. The approximation is closely related to the
    exact convex relaxation (which seems very difficult to understand). Interestingly,
    the exact convex relaxation of the elastica energy reduces to constantly zero
    if the total variation part of the elastica energy is neglected. The convex
    approximation arises via functional lifting of the image gradient into a Radon
    measure on the four-dimensional space $\Omega \times S^1 \times \mathbb{R}$,
    $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^2$, of which the first two coordinates
    represent the image domain and the last two the normal and curvature of the
    image level lines. It can be expressed as a linear program that can robustly be
    solved on the GPU after discretizing the involved Radon measures via a linear
    combination of line measures concentrated on curve segments (joint work with
    Kristian Bredies and Thomas Pock).
  • Thursday, January 24, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 2.040
    Marcello Porta
    Many-body interactions in graphene
    In this talk I will discuss models for interacting fermions on the honeycomb lattice.
    The goal is to understand the thermodynamic properties of graphene, a newly
    discovered material which can be considered as the first realization of a
    (quasi-) 2d crystal. In the case of weak short range interactions I will present
    a theorem proving the universality of the conductivity, in the limit of zero
    temperature and zero frequency. Then, I will briefly discuss the effect of long
    range electromagnetic interactions; in this case, anomalous (i.e. interaction
    dependent) exponents appear in the perturbative expansion of the correlations.
    All results are obtained using rigorous Renormalization Group methods.
    In both cases, a crucial role is played by gauge symmetry and Ward identities.
    This is joint work with A. Giuliani and V. Mastropietro.

  • Wednesday, February 2, 2013, 2:00 p.m., seminar room 1.007
    Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 1.007
    Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 1.007
    Alexander Volberg (Michigan State)
    On a problem of David and Semmes in a co-dimension one case

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013, 2:15 p.m., seminar room 1.007
    Paco Villarroya, University of Lund (Sweden)
    A new T(1) Theorem for multiparameter singular integrals
    In this talk, we present a new T(1) Theorem
    characterizing the boundedness of singular integral
    operators on product spaces. Our different approach avoids
    the use of vector-value Calderon-Zygmund theory and so,
    it does not require the assumption of boundedness of the
    operator when restricted to the lower parameter case. This
    represents an improvement of a classical result of J.L. Journe,
    which is still regarded as the best extension of Calderon-Zygmund theory
    to the product setting. As an application, we obtain a stronger version
    of a classical theorem of R. Fefferman and E. Stein about non-isotropic
    convolution operators.

  • Thursday, March 28, 2013, 2:15 p.m., Lipschitz-Saal (room 1.016)
    Alexander Volberg (Michigan State)
    Bellman functionals and weighted problems
    We show how Bellman functions of infinite number of variables appear
    naturally and help to solve some problems concerning the weighted estimates
    of Singular Integrals.


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)


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