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Workshop for Women in Analysis and PDE
May 28 - 31, 2015

Ariel Elizabeth Barton (University of Missouri)

Potential Methods for Higher-order Boundary-value Problems

The theory of boundary-value problems for the Laplacian in Lipschitz domains is by now very well developed. Furthermore, many of the existing tools and known results for the Laplacian have been extended to the case of second-order linear equations of the form div (A grad u), where A is a matrix of variable coefficients.

However, at present there are many open questions in the theory of higher-order elliptic differential equations. I will describe a generalization of layer potentials to the case of higher-order operators in divergence form; layer potentials are a common and very useful tool in the theory of second-order equations. I will then describe some applications of layer potentials to the theory of boundary-value problems.

This is joint work with Steve Hofmann and Svitlana Mayboroda.

Donatella Danielli (Purdue University)

Regularity Results for a Class of Permeability Problems

Keywords of the presentation: Variational inequalities, free boundary problems, Signorini problem, semi-permeable walls

In this talk we will present an overview of regularity results (both for the solution and for the free boundary) in a class of problems which arises in permeability theory. We will mostly focus on the parabolic Signorini (or thin obstacle) problem, and discuss the modern approach to this classical problem, based on several families of monotonicity formulas. In particular, we will present the optimal regularity of the solution, the classi?cation of free boundary points, the regularity of the regular set, and the structure of the singular set. These results have been obtained in joint work with N. Garofalo, A. Petrosyan, and T. To.

We will also discuss the regularity of solutions in a related model arising in problems of semi-permeable walls and of temperature control. This is joint work with T. Backing.

Blair Davey (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

How to Obtain Parabolic Theorems from Their Elliptic Counterparts

Keywords of the presentation: elliptic theory, parabolic theory, Carleman estimates

Experts have long realized the parallels between elliptic and parabolic theory of partial differential equations. It is well-known that elliptic theory may be considered a static, or steady-state, version of parabolic theory. And in particular, if a parabolic estimate holds, then by eliminating the time parameter, one immediately arrives at the underlying elliptic statement. Producing a parabolic statement from an elliptic statement is not as straightforward. In this talk, we demonstrate a method for producing parabolic theorems from their elliptic analogues. Specifically, we show that an L^2 Carleman estimate for the heat operator may be obtained by taking a high-dimensional limit of L^2 Carleman estimates for the Laplacian. Other applications of this technique will be indicated.

Daniela De Silva (Columbia University)

One-phase Free Boundary Problems

Keywords of the presentation: Free boundary problems, regularity theory.

In this talk we will provide an overview of the regularity theory for a one-phase (Bernoulli) free boundary problem. We will describe several results which parallel the regularity theory of minimal surfaces, including flatness theorems, monotonicity formulae, regularity in low dimensions, a priori gradient bounds. We will then talk about the thin one-phase problem, that can be viewed as a non-local version of the classical one-phase problem. We will highlight the differences in the strategy developed to investigate regularity issues with respect to the classical case.

Carina Geldhauser (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn)

Convergence of a Semidiscrete Scheme for a Forward-backward Parabolic Equation

We study the convergence of a semidiscrete scheme for the forward-backward parabolic equation $u_t = (W'(u_x))_x$ with periodic boundary conditions in one space dimension, where $W$ is a standard double-well potential. We characterize the equation satisfied by the limit of the discretized solutions as the grid size goes to zero. We also characterize the long-time behavior of the limit solutions. Using an approximation argument, we show that it is possible to flow initial data with derivative in the concave region ${ W''< 0}$ of $W$, where the backward character of the equation manifests.

Ana Grau de la Herran (University of Helsinki)

$T1$ Theorem for Singular Integral in Non-homogeneous Spaces

Keywords of the presentation: T1 theorem, singular integral, non-homogeneous, haar functions

We prove the $T1$ theorem for singular integrals with general Calderon-Zygmund kernels in the non-homogeneous setting by modifying the dyadic representation theorem in a convenient manner. This presentation is based on a joint work with T. Hytonen.

Kay Kirkpatrick (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Bose-Einstein Condensation: From Many Quantum Particles to a Quantum "Superparticle"

Keywords of the presentation: NLS, probability, statistical mechanics

Near absolute zero, a gas of quantum particles can condense into an unusual state of matter, called Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC), that behaves like a giant quantum particle. The rigorous connection has recently been made between the physics of the microscopic many-body dynamics and the mathematics of the macroscopic model, the cubic nonlinear Schrodinger equation (NLS). I'll discuss progress with Gerard Ben Arous and Benjamin Schlein on a central limit theorem for the quantum many-body dynamics, a step towards large deviations for Bose-Einstein condensation.

Daria Kurzanova (University of Houston)

Domain Decomposition Methods for Problems Describing Materials with Complex Geometry and Physics

The point of interest are so-called high contrast composite materials. High contrast means that the ratio between highest and lowest values of the parameter, that describes materials property, is very high, even infinite. Another key aspect is a complex geometry of materials of interest. Mathematical modeling of such materials yields in a PDE that has roughly oscillating coefficients with large variability in the domain. Solving such problems by traditional numerical methods is expensive due to a fine mesh needed in thin regions of the computational domain. The main goal is a numerical treatment of problems associated with described materials. The novelty idea is to take advantage of properties of structured materials to build new numerically efficient schemes. In particular, one of the focuses of proposed research is on the domain decomposition methods for the problems that describe media whose parts might have high contrast constituents. The key step here is to split a large domain into subdomains in a natural way to deal with homogeneous and high contrast parts. With that, we obtain a coupled problem where subdomains are bridged though the interface. Then, one can build an iterative method based on the resulted partition.

Anna L. Mazzucato (The Pennsylvania State University)

Elliptic Equations on Polyhedral Domains

Keywords of the presentation: elliptic equations, polyhedral domain, finite element method

I discuss well-posedness and regularity for strongly elliptic, linear systems, like the system of elasticity, on polyhedral domains using weighted Sobolev spaces. The domain need not be convex and can have curvilinear sides. If time permits, I will discuss how the regularity estimates for the solution can be used to study convergence of the Finite Element Method, a widely used numerical method to solve PDEs.

Lidia Mrad (Purdue University)

Gradient Flow of Chevron Structures in Liquid Crystal Cells

Liquid crystal phases are understood to be intermediate states between a liquid and a crystalline. Possessing both flow-like properties of liquids and molecular packing of solids, liquid crystals are widely used in optical devices. In addition to having a specific orientation, molecules in the Smectic-C phase tend to organize in layered structures. In a surface-stabilized cell however, the uniform layers deform into V-shaped layers, referred to as a chevron structure, causing distortions. Moreover, the helical structure of the chiral Smectic-C is suppressed in the thin cell which allows for two stable states.

In this poster, we present molecular reorientation dynamics between these stable states under the influence of an applied electric field. Our model is based on the Chen-Lubensky energy involving the molecular director and a general complex-valued layer order parameter. We construct a discrete-in-time gradient flow through an iterative minimization procedure. To establish the existence of a solution to this system of parabolic equations, we use elliptic estimates and prove discrete-to-continuous convergence of the gradient flow. This implicit time-discretization method, called Rothe method, has a strong numerical aspect and gives an insight into the structure of the solution unlike some abstract methods for the analysis of existence problems.

Andrea R. Nahmod (University of Massachusetts)

Infinite Energy Solutions for the Periodic 3D Quintic NLS.

Keywords of the presentation: Periodic NLS, supercritical regime, random data

In this talk we first review recent progress in the study of certain evolution equations from a non-deterministic point of view (e.g. the random data Cauchy problem) which stems from incorporating  to the deterministic toolbox, powerful but still classical tools from probability as well. We will explain some of these ideas and describe in more detail joint work with Gigliola Staffilani on the almost sure well-posedness for  the periodic 3D quintic nonlinear Schrodinger equation in the supercritical regime; that is, below the critical space $H^1(mathbb T^3)$. 

Betul Orcan-Ekmekci (Rice University)

On the Highly Oscillatory Geometric Variational Problems

Keywords of the presentation: Homogenization, Bernoulli Problem, Plateau Problem

In this talk, we present some recent results on the regularity and the asymptotic behavior of some geometric variational problems. First analysis is about a free boundary value problem in random media that is motivated by the one-phase Bernoulli problem. Second analysis is about the classical problem of Plateau with a highly oscillatory boundary condition. This part of the talk will present mostly open problems that are emerged from some interesting behaviors of solutions in different settings.

Yumeng Ou (Brown University)

Recent Developments in Multi-parameter Singular Integrals

In this poster, we survey several recent results on the Calder'on-Zygmund theory of multi-parameter singular integrals, with one of the most classical examples being the tensor product of Hilbert transforms. We develop a mixed type characterization of the multi-parameter Calder'on-Zygmund operator class that has been studied by Journ'e, and prove for this class of operators a dyadic representation theorem. As an application, new results on iterated commutators of singular integrals with BMO symbols are obtained. And a T(b) theorem on product spaces is proved in a similar fashion as well.

Natasa Pavlovic (University of Texas, Austin)

From Quantum Many Body Systems to Nonlinear Dispersive PDE, and Back

Keywords of the presentation: quantum many body systems, nonlinear dispersive PDE

The derivation of nonlinear dispersive PDE, such as the nonlinear Schr"{o}dinger (NLS) or nonlinear Hartree equations, from many body quantum dynamics is a central topic in mathematical physics, which has been approached by many authors in a variety of ways. In particular, one way to derive NLS is via the Gross-Pitaevskii (GP) hierarchy, which is a coupled system of linear non-homogeneous PDE that describes the dynamics of a gas of infinitely many interacting bosons, while at the same time retains some of the features of a dispersive PDE.

In this talk we will discuss the process of going from a quantum many body system of bosons to the NLS via the GP. Also we will look into what a nonlinear PDE such as the NLS can teach us about the GP hierarchy and quantum many body systems.

The talk is based on joint works with T. Chen, C. Hainzl, R. Seiringer and N. Tzirakis.

Nancy Rodriguez (University of North Carolina)

On the Global Well-posedness of a Two Species Interaction Model with Cross-diffusion

There has been recent interest in the use of PDEs to gain understanding of various complex systems in the social sciences. In this talk I will introduce a system modeling social segregation. We analyze this system to understand the effect of social preference, economic disparity, and the environment on segregation. We discuss the existence of steady-state solutions as well as the local and global well-posedness of the system. These results are of broader interest as similar systems arise in the modeling opinion dynamics and rioting activity among other phenomena.

Gigliola Staffilani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Deterministic and Probabilistic Approaches to the Well-posedness Problem For Dispersive Equations

In the first part of these lectures I will present certain, by now classic, results on local and global well-posedness for the NLS via Strichartz estimates. In the second part I will show how one can use randomization of the initial data to prove well-posedness almost surely even when the problem lack enough regularity for a more deterministic approach. In this context I will also introduce certain Gibbs type measures and how their invariance can be used in certain cases to extend local solutions to a global ones.

Tatiana Toro (University of Washington)

Geometry of Measures

In the 1920's Besicovitch studied linearly measurable sets in the plane, that is sets with locally finite "length". The basic question he addressed was whether the infinitesimal properties of the "length" of a set E in the plane yield geometric information on E itself. This simple question marks the beginning of the study of the geometry of measures and the associated field known as Geometric Measure Theory (GMT).

In this series of lectures we will present some of the main results in the area concerning the regularity of the support of a measure in terms of the behavior of its density or in terms of its tangent structure. We will discuss applications to PDEs, free boundary regularity problem and harmonic analysis. The aim is that the mini-course will be self contained.

Mariana Vega Smit (Universität Duisburg-Essen)

An Epiperimetric Inequality Approach to the Regularity of the Free Boundary in the Signorini Problem

Keywords of the presentation: Signorini problem, thin obstacle problem, free boundary, regularity

We will describe the Signorini, or lower-dimensional obstacle problem, for a uniformly elliptic, divergence form operator L = div(A(x)nabla) with Lipschitz continuous coefficients. We will give an overview of this problem and discuss some recent developments, including the optimal regularity of the solution and the $C^{1,alpha}$ regularity of the regular part of the free boundary. These are obtained by proving a new monotonicity formula for a generalization of the celebrated Almgren’s frequency functional, a new Weiss type monotonicity formula and an appropriate version of the epiperimetric inequality. This is joint work with Nicola Garofalo and Arshak Petrosyan.

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