Institute for applied mathematics

Oberseminar Analysis Winter 2013/14

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

  • Thursday, October 24, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Wenhui Shi
    Regularity of the free boundaries for the elliptic thin obstacle
    I will describe an ongoing project on the higher regularity of
    the free boundaries in the elliptic thin obstacle problem.
    The main method we use is the appropriate generalization of the partial
    hodograph-Legendre transformation, which was used by Kinderlehrer and Nirenberg in the classical obstacle problem.

  • Thursday, October 31, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Lisa Beck
    Duality, regularity and uniqueness for BV-minimizers

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Peter Bella (MPI MiS, Leipzig)
    Wrinkling of a Stretched Annular Elastic Thin Sheet - Identification of the Optimal Scaling Law for the Ground State Energy
    In [Bella & Kohn: Wrinkles as the result of compressive stresses in an annular thin film, to appear in CPAM] we identified the optimal scaling law of the minimum of the elastic energy of a stretched annular thin elastic sheet. In this talk I will describe the next step towards the understanding of this problem -- I will identify the optimal prefactor in the scaling law. Moreover, I show that this prefactor can be characterized as a minimum of a much simpler (scalar) variational problem.

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal,
    Evelyne Miot (Orsay)
    Some examples of dynamics for nearly parallel vortex filaments
    A system of equations combining the 1D Schrödinger equation and the point
    vortex system has been derived by Klein, Majda and Damodaran to modelize
    the evolution of nearly parallel vortex filaments in 3D incompressible
    fluids. In this talk I will describe some dynamics for this system such as
    travelling waves, collisions and finite-time blow-up. I will in particular
    present some numerical results concerning pairs of filaments. This is
    joint work with Valeria Banica and Erwan Faou.

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013, 3:30 pm, Lipschitz-Saal,
    Laurent Desvillettes (ENS Cachan)
    Application of duality methods to the problem of gelation in coagulation-fragmentation equations
    Gelation is a phenomenon which occurs in polymers. It corresponds to
    a sudden phase change and the apparition of a gel in a liquid originally composed of monomers. This phenomenon has been studied a lot in the spatially homogeneous context, and is directly related to the asymptotic behavior of coagulation coefficients in the so-called Smoluchowsky equation (in fact an infinite number of ODEs including infinite series for each equation). We propose an approach enabling to understand some features of the spatially inhomogeneous context, in which the ODEs are replaced by reaction-diffusion equations. This approach uses duality lemmas first devised by M. Pierre and D. Schmitt for reaction diffusion systems with a finite number of equations.

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013, 2:15 pm, seminar room 2.040
    Diogo Arsénio (Paris 7)
    Velocity averaging lemmas and beyond
    Velocity averaging lemmas are used to study compactness, regularity and dispersion properties of solutions to kinetic transport equations. They have found a variety of applications in kinetic theory. After an overview of the principles leading to the basic averaging lemmas, we will explore modern methods yielding new and refined results. In particular, we will see how a precise microlocal analysis of the transport of frequencies provides a precise understanding of dispersion and hypoellipticity.

  • Thursday, November 28, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Gustavo de Oliveira (Bonn)
    Quantum dynamics of a particle constrained to lie on a surface
    We will consider the quantum dynamics of a charged particle in Euclidean space subjected to electric and magnetic fields under the presence of a potential that forces the particle to stay close to a compact surface. It happens that, as the strength of this constraining potential tends to infinity, the motion of this particle converges to a motion generated by a Hamiltonian over the surface superimposed by an oscillatory motion in the normal directions. We will discuss this statement and the main steps of its proof. Our result extends previous results by allowing magnetic potentials and more general constraining potentials.

  • Thursday, December 5, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Flaviana Iurlano
    Asymptotic analysis of certain damage models in linearized elasticity
    We consider a variational model for damaged elastic materials. This model depends on three small parameters, the first related to the cost of the damage, the second to the width of the damaged regions, and the third
    preventing the material to be totally damaged. We first investigate the Gamma-limit of the corresponding functionals in the case of antiplane shear, as these parameters tend to zero. We find that the limit functional corresponds to a model for fracture mechanics or for plasticity, depending on the asymptotic ratios of the three parameters. The extension of some interesting results from the antiplane to the general case of linearized elasticity in dimension n is the object of the second part of the talk. As we shall see, this is not a straightforward generalization of the scalar case, requiring the involvement of the new functional space GSBD and the proof of suitable density properties.

  • Thursday, December 19, 2013, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal,
    Niels Benedikter
    Mean-Field Evolution of Fermionic Systems
    Physical systems typically consist of a large number of interacting particles, making it difficult to predict measurements from the time-dependent Schroedinger equation. Therefore one is interested in deriving effective evolution equations approximating the quantum mechanical evolution. We consider systems of fermions in the mean-field limit (high density and weak interaction) and prove that Hartree-Fock theory approximates the time evolution. We point out a semiclassical structure in typical initial data which is crucial for controlling the approximation up to arbitrary times. (This is joint work with Marcello Porta and Benjamin Schlein.)

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Heiner Olbermann
    Energy scaling law for the regular cone

  • Thursday, January 16, 2014, 3:30, Lipschitz-Saal
    Matteo Focardi (Università degli Studi di Firenze)
    Higher integrability of the gradient and regularity issues for local  minimizers of the Mumford-Shah functional in 2d
    In this talk I shall focus on the higher integrability
    property enjoyed by the approximate gradients of local minimizers
    of the 2d Mumford-Shah energy.
    One of the key steps of the proof is the analysis of sequences of
    minimizers having vanishing L^1 norm of the gradients, for which
    we characterize the compactness properties.
    Our ideas lead to a simplified proof of the Ambrosio-Fusco-Hutchinson's estimate of the Hausdorff dimension of the singular set of Mumford-Shah minimizers.

  • Thursday, January 23, 2014, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Giuseppe Genovese (Paris 7)
    Saddle-Point Principles in Neural Networks
    I will review the results on neural networks and bipartite spin glasses obtained in the last years in some papers in collaboration with A. Barra, F. Guerra and D. Tantari. I will focus on the parallelism between the perceptron models and bipartite spin glasses, giving a characterisation of the Replica Symmetric regime in terms of min-max variational principles. Moreover, I will discuss an interesting decomposition valid at high temperature of the free energy for bipartite spin glasses in terms of the free energies relative to the mono-partite models.

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Miroslav Bulicek (Charles University in Prague)
    On scalar hyperbolic laws with discontinuous fluxes
    We consider the Cauchy problem for conservation laws with a flux that can have jump discontinuities in an unknown function. We introduce new concepts of entropy weak and measure-valued solution that are consistent with the standard ones if the flux is continuous. Having various definitions of solutions to the problem, we then answer the question what kind of properties the flux should possess in order to establish the existence and/or uniqueness of solution of a particular type. In any space dimension we establish the existence of measure-valued entropy solution for a flux having countable jump discontinuities. Under the additional assumption on the Hoelder continuity of the flux at zero, we prove the uniqueness of entropy measure-valued solution, and as a consequence, we establish the existence and uniqueness of weak entropy solution. Finally, we extend the theory also on a class of fluxes that are also x-dependent.

  • Thursday, February 6, 2014, 2:15 pm, Lipschitz-Saal
    Junfeng Li (Bejing Normal University and Bonn)
    Galilean invariance  and  global wellposedness of the 3-D
    Kadomtsev-Petviashvili II problem
    In this talk, we will present some new constructions related to  the
    scaling and the Galilean invariance  of the  KP II problem. By using
    these symmetries, we  obtain  a global well posed result for the 3-D KP
    II problem. The solutions are constructed in function spaces which
    invariant with respect to the symmetries of the equation.


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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