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Analysis Seminars 2014 - 2015


All seminars are held at 3:10pm in Room M/2.06, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff unless stated otherwise.

Programme Organiser and Contact: Dr Mikhail Cherdantsev

29 September 2014

Speaker: Alexander Kiselev (Department of Mathematical Physics, St.
Petersburg State University)

Title: An inverse spectral problem on quantum graphs: reconstruction
of matching conditions at graph vertices.

Abstract: We will discuss one of the possible inverse spectral problems for quantum graphs. A quantum graph we study is a compact finite metric graph with an associated second-order differential operator defined on it. The matching conditions at graph vertices which reflect the graph connectivity are used to specify the domain of the corresponding operator. The class of matching conditions we allow is the following: at each graph vertex the coupling is assumed to be of either delta or delta-prime type. It has to be noted that the standard, or Kirchhoff, matching conditions are a particular case of delta-type coupling when all coupling constants zero out.

The inverse spectral problem we have in mind is this: does the spectrum of the operator on a graph (be it a Laplace or Schrodinger operator) uniquely determine matching at graph vertices? This type of inverse spectral problem is not as well-studied as, say, the inverse spectral problem of reconstructing the graph connectivity and metric properties based on the spectrum of a Laplace of Schrodinger operator on it. It turns out however that the mathematical apparatus we develop in order to study the former inverse problem can in fact be used in the study of the latter one.

In the simplest case of graph Laplacians, we derive a series of trace formulae which link together matching conditions of two operators under the assumption that their spectra coincide counting multiplicities. Thus necessary conditions of isospectrality of two graph Laplacians are obtained. Under the additional restriction that graph edge lengths are rationally independent, we are able to obtain necessary and sufficient conditions of the named isospectrality. It turns out that it can only occur in simplest graphs (e.g., chains or pure cycles).

The results in the case of Schrodinger operators appear less complete. We will argue however that in the case of infinitely smooth edge potentials one can advance virtually as far as in the case of graph Laplacians using more or less the same mathematical toolbox.

6 October 2014

Speaker: Michael Ruzhansky (Imperial College).

Title: Quantization on Lie groups.

Abstract: TBC.

13 October 2014

Speaker: Oleg Karpenkov (Liverpool).

Title: Toric singularities of surfaces in terms of lattice trigonometry.

Abstract: Continued fractions plays an important role in lattice trigonometry. From one hand this subject is a natural and therefore interesting to be considered by itself. From the other hand lattice trigonometry  helps to describe singularities of toric varieties (which gives first results toward the solution of so-called "IKEA problem"). In this talk I will give a general introduction to the subject with various examples. I will try to avoid complicated technical details explaining main ideas behind them. 

20 October 2014

Speaker: Charles Batty (Oxford).

Title: Tauberian theorems, operator semigroups, and rates of decay.

Abstract: A Tauberian theorem, due to Ingham and Karamata in 1935, says that if  $f$  is a bounded function on $[0,\infty)$ and its Laplace transform extends holomorphically across the imaginary axis then the improper integral of  $f$ exists.  This result can be applied in the abstract theory of operator semigroups to establish decay of solutions of certain linear evolution equations of parabolic or hyperbolic type.  Recently there has been interest in the rate of convergence in these results.  I shall describe the abstract results and some applications to damped wave equations and dynamical systems.

27 October 2014

Speaker: Aleksander Pushnitski  (King's College).

Title: Spectral asymptotics for compact Hankel operators.

Abstract: : I will give a short introduction into spectral analysis of Hankel operators. After this, I will describe a class of Hankel operators with a power asymptotics of eigenvalues. I will discuss the similarity with the Weyl law for differential operators. The talk is based on my joint work with Dmitri Yafaev (University of Rennes 1). 

3 November 2014

Speaker: Christian Kühn (Graz University).

Title: Schrödinger operators with delta-potentials on manifolds.

Abstract: We will present an approach for the definition and investigation of Schrödinger operators with delta-potentials on manifolds. In particular we will consider the case when the manifold is a closed curve in R^3.

10 November 2014

Speaker: Daniel Grieser  (University of Oldenburg).

Title: Eigenvalues of the Laplacian on triangles.

Abstract: We study the spectrum of the Laplace operator with Dirichlet boundary conditions on Euclidean triangles. I will discuss two results: The first result, joint with S. Maronna, is a new proof of the fact that a triangle is (among the set of all triangles) uniquely determined by the spectrum. The only previously known proof of this uses wave invariants. The study of these is technically difficult. Our new proof uses heat invariants and is technically simpler, and also involves a curious and interesting – and apparently new – geometric fact about triangles. The second result, joint with R. Melrose, that I will discuss is a description of the full asymptotic behavior of the eigenvalues when the triangle degenerates into a line. This may happen in various ways. More precisely, there are two parameters describing the degeneration, and we give a complete asymptotic expansion in terms of both parameters. This involves a rather intricate and unexpected blow-up of the parameter space, which will be explained in the talk. 

17 November 2014

Speaker: Christoph Fischbacher (Kent).

Title: On the spectrum of the XXZ spin chain.

Abstract: We consider the Heisenberg XXZ spin chain in the Ising phase, which means that the anisotropy parameter $1/\Delta$ is strictly less than $1$. After having discussed some of its properties in the finite case, we extend our considerations to the infinite case. Using its conservation of total magnetization, we restrict the operator to subspaces of fixed total magnetization. After having shown that these restrictions are equivalent to fermionic many-particle Schrödinger operators with attractive interaction, we compute the lowest energy band, which is called droplet band. An HVZ type theorem allows us to determine higher band contributions to the spectrum. After a brief discussion of the structure of these higher band contributions, we show the existence of a gap above the droplet band uniformly in the particle number under the assumption that $1/\Delta < 1/2$. This work was done with Prof. G. Stolz, UAB.​

24 November 2014

Speaker: Lauri Oksanen (UCL).

Title: Local reconstruction of a first order perturbation from a restricted
hyperbolic Dirichlet-to-Neumann map.

Abstract: We consider a wave equation on a smooth compact Riemannian manifold with boundary and show that acoustic measurements with sources and receivers on disjoints sets on the boundary determine the lower order
terms in the wave equation near the set of receivers assuming that the wave equation is exactly controllable from the set of sources and that the set of receivers is strictly convex.

1 December 2014

Speaker: Ian Wood (Kent).

Title: Some spectral results for waveguides.

Abstract: We study a spectral problem for the Laplacian in a weighted space which is related to the propagation of electromagnetic waves in photonic crystal waveguides. The waveguide is created by introducing a linear defect into a periodic medium. The defect is infinitely extended and aligned with one of the coordinate axes. The perturbation  introduces guided mode spectrum inside the band gaps of the fully periodic, unperturbed spectral problem. We prove that guided mode spectrum can be created by arbitrarily small perturbations. After performing a Floquet decomposition in the axial direction of the waveguide, we study the spectrum created by the perturbation for any fixed value of the quasi-momentum. We will also briefly discuss extending the results to a similar problem for divergence form elliptic operators.​

8 December 2014

Speaker: Beatrice Pelloni (Reading).

Title: TBC.

Abstract: TBC.

26 January 2015

Speaker: Claudia Wulff (Surrey)

Title: Relative Lyapunov centre bifurcations.

Abstract: Relative equilibria and relative periodic orbits (RPOs) are ubiquitous in symmetric Hamiltonian systems and occur for example in celestial mechanics, molecular dynamics and rigid body motion. Relative equilibria are equilibria and RPOs are periodic orbits of the symmetry reduced system. Relative Lyapunov centre bifurcations are bifurcations of relative periodic orbits from relative equilibria corresponding to Lyapunov centre bifurcations of the symmetry reduced dynamics. In this talk we prove a relative Lyapunov centre theorem by combining recent results on persistence of RPOs in Hamiltonian systems with a symmetric Lyapunov centre theorem of Montaldi et al. We then develop numerical methods for the detection of relative Lyapunov centre bifurcations along branches of RPOs and for their computation. We apply our methods to Lagrangian relative equilibria of the $N$-body problem.

2 February 2015

Speaker: Mariapia Palombaro (Sussex)

Title: Higher gradient integrability for s-harmonic maps in dimension two

Abstract: I will present some recent results concerning the higher gradient integrability of ... Read more

9 February 2015

Speaker: Serena Dipierro (Edinburgh)

Title: Dislocation dynamics in crystals: nonlocal effects and a macroscopic theory in a fractional Laplace setting.

Abstract: We consider an evolution equation arising in the Peierls-Nabarro model for crystal dislocation. We study the evolution of such dislocation function and show that, at a macroscopic scale, the dislocations have the tendency to concentrate at single points of the crystal, where the size of the slip coincides with the natural periodicity of the medium. These dislocation points evolve according to the external stress and an interior repulsive potential. Though the problem seems of local nature, the leading order of the diffusion turns out to be a nonlocal integrodifferential operator.

16 February 2015

Speaker: Jim Wright (Edinburgh)

Title: Higher gradient integrability for s-harmonic maps in dimension two

Abstract:  Affine-invariant Harmonic AnalysisAbstract: We will discuss two basic problems from euclidean harmonic analysis (the Fourier Restriction problem and L^p improving of averaging operators) and develop a new affine-invariant perspective on these problems.

23 February 2015

Speaker: Sergey Morozov (Munich)

Title: Complete high energy asymptotics of the integrated density of states for a wide class of periodic and almost periodic models

Abstract:  The existence of  complete asymptotic expansion for the integrated density of states in the high energy regime was long conjectured for periodic Schrödinger operators. I will discuss the history of the subject and present an eventual solution in the multidimensional situation. It turns out that the result generalises to a big class of almost periodic pseudodifferential operators with smooth symbols. The talk is based on a joint work with L. Parnovski and R. Shterenberg.

2 March 2015

Speaker: Yuri Netrusov (Bristol)

Title: TBC

Abstract:  TBC

9 March 2015

Speaker: Roger Moser (Bath)

Title: A reduced energy for Neel walls

Abstract:  Neel walls are transition layers for the magnetisation
vector field in thin ferromagnetic films. We analyse a model
that shows strong similarities to the theory of Ginzburg-Landau
vortices. In particular, there is a "reduced energy" functional that
helps to understand the interaction between Neel walls, and
we can compute it explicitly. This is joint work with Radu Ignat

16 March 2015

Speaker: Nikos Katzourakis (Reading)

Title: Generalised solutions for fully nonlinear PDE systems and Vectorial Calculus of Variations in $L^\infty$

Abstract: Calculus of Variations in $L^\infty$ has a long history, initiated by Aronsson in the 1960s and is under active research ever since. Mathematically, minimising the supremum is very challenging (the equations are non-divergence and highly degenerate systems) but it provides more realistic models, as opposed to the classical case of the average (integral). However, due to fundamental difficulties, until the early 2010s the field was restricted to the scalar case. In this talk I will discuss the vectorial case, which has recently been initiated by the speaker. The analysis of the $L^\infty$-equations is based on a recently proposed general duality-free PDE theory of generalised solutions for fully nonlinear systems. 

23 March 2015

Speaker: Michela Ottobre (Heriot Watt)

Title: Analysis of irreversible Markov Semigroups

Abstract:  We will present a series of results regarding the analysis of hypoelliptic/hypocoercive linear Markov semigroups. We will focus on a technique to find sharp pointwise estimates on the time-behaviour of  the derivatives (of any order and in any direction) of the semigroup. Applications to sampling/numerical problems will be discussed.

20 April 2015

Speaker: Filippo Cagnetti (Sussex)

Title: The rigidity problem for symmetrization inequalities

Abstract: Steiner symmetrization is a very useful tool in the study of isoperimetric inequality. This is also due to the fact that the perimeter of a set is less or equal than the perimeter of its Steiner symmetral. In the same way, in the Gaussian setting, it is well known that Ehrhard symmetrization does not increase the Gaussian perimeter. We will show characterization results for equality cases in both Steiner and Ehrhard perimeter inequalities. We will also characterize rigidity of equality cases. By rigidity, we mean the situation when all equality cases are trivially obtained by a translation of the Steiner symmetral (or, in the Gaussian setting, by a reflection of the Ehrhard symmetral). We will achieve this through the introduction of a suitable measure-theoretic notion of connectedness, and through a fine analysis of the barycenter function for a special class of sets. These results are obtained in collaboration with Maria Colombo, Guido De Philippis, and Francesco Maggi.

27 April 2015

Speaker: Shu Nakamura (University of Tokyo)

Title: Microlocal analysis of scattering matrix, and related topics. 

Abstract:  We discuss scattering theory for a class of self-adjoint operators  which include Schrodinger operators on R^n as well as discrete Schrodinger operators  on Z^d. We show that the scattering matrix is a pseudodifferential operator and  we can compute the symbol. For the perturbed differential operators on R^n,  we also consider high energy asymptotics, and compute the high energy asymptotics  of the spectrum on the scattering matrix (joint work with A. Pushnitski). 

2 June 2015

Speaker: Doaa Filali (Cardiff University)

Title: Introduction on sub-Riemannian geometry. 

Abstract:  TBC

15 June 2015

Speaker: Lennie Friedlander (University of Arizona)

Title: Parametric Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator. 

Abstract:  I will discuss spectral asymptotics for a parametric family of Dirichlet-to-Neumann operators. 

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