Seminario di Calcolo delle Variazioni & Equazioni alle Derivate Parziali a.a. 2017/2018

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A.A. 2017 / 2018

24 luglio


Alberto Farina (Université de Picardie Jules Verne)
A sharp Bernstein-type theorem for entire minimal graphs

Abstract: We consider entire solutions $u$ to the minimal surface equation in $\R^N$, with $ N\ge8$, and we prove the following sharp result : if $N-7$ partial derivatives $ \frac{\partial u }{\partial {x_j}}$ are bounded on one side (not necessarily the same), then $u$ is necessarily an affine function.

10 luglio


James C. Robinson (Warwick UnVersity)
Unexpected behaviour for solutions of the heat equation on the whole space

Abstract: (joint with Aníbal Rodríguez-Bernal, Complutense Madrid) We identify the class of (locally integrable) initial data is the largest that allows the solution of the heat equation, posed on the whole space, to be written in terms of the Gaussian heat kernel. A positive solution exists on the time interval $[0,T]$ if and only if $u_0\in L^1_{1/4T}$, where $$ L^1_\epsilon=\{f\in L^1_{\rm loc}:\ \int_{R^d} e^{-\epsilon|x|^2}|f(x)|\,dx
22 giugno


Francesco Maggi (University of Texas at Austin)
Il teorema di Alexandrov rivisitato

Abstract: Si presenta una caratterizzazione delle sfere come unici insiemi di perimetro finito a curvatura media distribuzionale costante. Lavoro in collaborazione con Matias Delgadino (Imperial College London)

15 giugno


Marco Caroccia (Universidade de Lisboa)
Perimeter with densities: an energy for epitaxial growth

Abstract: In this talk I will introduce a free energy, first studied by Ratz and Vöigt, defined as the integration over the reduced boundary of a crystal $E$ of a suitable psi(u(x)) where psi is a convex function and u:\partial?* E \rightarrow \R_+ denotes the adatom density (the density of atoms not attached to the crystal and free to move on the surface). This energy leads the surface diffusion evolution in absence of the elastic stress and for small adatom densities. We treat the variational point of view, by analyzing the semicontinuity issues and the relaxad functional.

8 giugno


Cristina Trombetti (Università di Napoli Federico II)
Alcune disuguaglianze spettrali in forma ottimale

Abstract: In questo seminario racconterò alcuni risultati riguardanti stime ottimali per autovalori del Laplaciano (o del p-Laplaciano) con varie condizioni al bordo.

lunedì 21 maggio


Piotr Hajlasz (University of Pittsburgh)
Topologically nontrivial counterexamples to Sard's theorem

Abstract: We prove the following dichotomy: if n = 2, 3 and f in C^1 (S^{n+1}, S^n) is not homotopic to a constant map, then there is an open set Omega in S^{n+1} such that rank Df = n on Omega and f(Omega) is dense in S^n, while for any n larger or equal than 4, there is a map f in C^1 (S^n+1, S^n ) that is not homotopic to a constant map and such that rank Df is less than n everywhere. While the result deals with mappings between spheres, the motivation comes from the theory of mappings from Euclidean spaces into the Heisenberg groups H^n , because the rank of the derivative of such a mapping is bounded by n. In fact, our proofs are based on methods that have previously been applied to study Lipschitz homotopy groups of the Heisenberg groups.

18 maggio


Luca Bisconti (Università di Firenze)
Some recent results on a deconvolution model for the mean Boussinesq equations

Abstract: We consider a Large Eddy Simulation (LES) scheme for the approximation of the 3D Boussinesq equations. This model is based on Van Cittern's approximate deconvolution operators, applied to the filtered Boussinesq equations (Helmholtz filter). We show existence and uniqueness of regular weak solutions and prove convergence towards a weak solution of the filtered Boussinesq equations. In the 2D case, for the same model, we study the dynamics associated with regular weak solutions, proving the existence of an inertial manifold.

11 maggio


Giovanni S. Alberti (Università di Genova)
Calderón's Inverse Problem with a Finite Number of Measurements

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss how ideas from applied harmonic analysis, in particular sampling theory and compressed sensing (CS), may be applied to inverse problems in PDEs. The focus will be on inverse boundary value problems for the conductivity and the Schrodinger equations, and I will give uniqueness and stability results, both in the linearized and in the nonlinear case. These results make use of a recent general theory of infinite-dimensional CS for deterministic and non-isometric operators, which will be briefly surveyed. This is joint work with Matteo Santacesaria (University of Helsinki).

20 aprile


Serena Matucci (Università di Firenze)
Ground State Solutions to nonlinear equations with p-Laplacian

Abstract: We present some recent results obtained in collaboration with Zuzana Dosla (Masaryk University of Brno) about existence of radial ground state solutions for nonlinear equations with p-Laplacian operator, both for the super-homogeneous and for the sub-homogeneous case, in presence of a changing sign nonlinearity describing diffusion/absorption phenomena. The existence is proved outside a fixed ball. The resulting BVP problem for a nonlinear ordinary differential equation on a noncompact interval is studied by means a fixed point approach; a key role is played by properties of solutions of some auxiliary half-linear equations, the notion of disconjugacy, principal solutions and comparison theorems. Sufficient conditions are proved for the existence of positive solutions y decaying to zero, satisfying any initial conditions y(R)=c>0, both in case of negative initial derivative and in case of zero initial derivative.

13 aprile


Giovanni Franzina (Università di Firenze)
Prescribed mean curvature in hyperbolic space.

Abstract: We present a joint work with Adriano Pisante and Marcello Ponsiglione (Sapienza University of Rome) dealing with a variation on Allen-Cahn equation in hyperbolic n-space. Our contribution includes asymptotic regularity results at infinity for entire solutions. The results rely on a Liouville-type theorem inspired by Caffarelli, Gidas, and Spruck’s analysis of the multimeron solutions of Yang-Mills Equation. In the sharp interface limit we provide solutions of the Plateau problem at infinity for hyper-surfaces of prescribed mean curvature together with quantitative information about the contact angle with the data on the visual boundary.

6 aprile


Guido de Philippis (SISSA)
Boundary Regularity for Mass Minimising currents

Abstract: In this talk I will present a first boundary regularity result for mass minimising currents in any dimension and co-dimension, and some of its consequences. In particular I will show that the regular points are dense in the boundary. Note that in this general setting, it was unknown even the existence of one regular point. This is a joint work with C. De Lellis, J. Hirsch and A. Massaccesi.

23 marzo 2018

14:30 e 15:30

Camillo de Lellis (Universitat Zurich) 14:30
Norisuke Ioku (Ehime University) 15:30

Abstract De Lellis: I will discuss the classical incompressible Navier-Stokes equations where we substitute the classical Laplacian with a fractional one. When the exponent is larger than 1, I will present a suitable extension of the Caffarelli-Kohn-Nirenberg regularity theory. When the exponent is close to 0 I will illustrate how ``convex integration'' techniques prove ill-posedness of Leray solutions.
Abstract Ioku: It is well known that the sharp constant of the Sobolev inequality in the whole space is attained by the Talenti function, but not in bounded domains since a scale invariance is breaking. In this talk, we introduce a scale invariant form of the Sobolev inequality in the unit ball, and show that the sharp constant is attained by a Talenti like function.

16 marzo 2018


Sergio Vessella (Università di Firenze)
Stime quantitative di continuazione unica e problemi inversi

Abstract: Le stime quantitative di continuazione unica sono di importanza fondamentale nello studio della stabilit&agrave dei problemi inversi e, nello stesso tempo, hanno interesse di per s&eacute. In questo seminario vorrei fornire una rapida panoramica sulla problematica e presentare alcuni recenti risultati sulle stime quantitative di continuazione unica per problemi di trasmissione per equazioni ellittiche e paraboliche.

9 marzo


Berardo Ruffini (Université de Montpellier)
Some results on an isoperimetric model for charged liquid drops

Abstract: We consider an isoperimetric model, originally proposed by Lord Rayleigh, aimed to describe the (lack of) equilibria of a liquid conducting drop in presence of a charge on its surface. The resulting functional contains an attracting term, usually modeled by the perimeter of the drop, and a repulsiveterm depending on the amount of charge considered and the electric capacity of the drop. We show that, quite surprisingly, the resulting variational problem is ill posed. We then consider several modification of it and we investigate existence, uniqueness and stability issues about those problem. The talk is based on works in collaborations with M. Goldman, C. Muratov and M. Novaga

23 febbraio


Iwona Skrzypczak (IMPAN at Polish Academy of Sciences & MIMUW at University of Warsaw)
Approximable solutions to measure data and L^1-data elliptic problems in the Orlicz setting without growth restrictions

Abstract: We study approximable solutions to a general nonlinear elliptic Dirichlet equation $-div A(x,\nabla u)= \mu$ on a bounded Lipschitz domain in $\rn$ in the Orlicz-Sobolev space avoiding growth restrictions. The growth of~the~monotone vector field $A$ is controlled by an $N$-function $B$. We do not require any particular type of growth condition of $B$ or its conjugate $\widetilde{B}$, so we deal with the problem in a nonreflexive space. When the problem involves measure data, we prove existence. For $L^1$-data problems we infer also uniqueness and regularity in the Orlicz-Marcinkiewicz-type spaces. Joint work with Anna Zatorska-Goldstein (MIMUW at University of Warsaw).

GIOVEDI 8 febbraio


Sunra Mosconi (Università Catania)
Fine boundary regularity for nonlocal problems

Abstract: It is a classical theorem that functions having bounded $p$-Laplacian in a smooth domain are $C^{1,\alpha}$ up to the boundary. We will discuss the possibility of deriving a similar result for solutions of nonlocal nonlinear equations with bounded right-hand side. In this case reflection methods are bound to fail, and actually we will show through examples that the boundary behavior is necessarily worse than the interior one. We will next describe the optimal regularity to be expected and give a brief sketch of its proof.

2 febbraio


Jan Kristensen (University of Oxford)
On regularity of BV minimizers

Abstract: We discuss a partial regularity result for minimizers of quasiconvex variational integrals defined on the space of maps of bounded variation. The talk is based on joint work with Franz Gmeineder (Bonn).

15 dicembre


Edouard Oudet (Université Grenoble Alpes and Centro di Ricerca Matematica E De Giorgi)
Numerical study of 1D optimal structure

Abstract: We focus our attention on shape optimization problems in which one dimensional connected objects are involved. Very old and classical problems in calculus of variation are of this kind: euclidean Steiner’s tree problem, optimal irrigation networks, cracks propagation, etc. In a first part we quickly recall some previous work in collaboration with F. Santambrogio related to the functional relaxation of the irrigation cost. We establish a Γ-convergence of Modica and Mortola’s type and illustrate its efficiency from a numerical point of view by computing optimal networks associated to simple sources/sinks configurations. We also present more evolved situations with non Dirac sinks in which a fractal behavior of the optimal network is expected. In the second part of the talk we restrict our study to the euclidean Steiner’s tree problem. We recall recent numerical approach which have been developed the last five years to approximate optimal trees: partitioning formulation, relaxation with geodesic distance terms and energetic constraints. We describe the first results obtained in collaboration with A. Massaccesi and B. Velichkov to certify the optimality of a given tree. With our discrete parametrization of generalized calibration, we are able to recover the theoretical optimal matrix fields which certify the optimality of simple trees associated to the vertices of regular polygons. Finally, we focus on the delicate problem of the identification of the optimal structure. Based ona recent approach obtained in collaboration with G. Orlandi and M. Bonafini, we describe the first convexification framework associated to the Euclidean Steiner tree problem which provide relevant tools from a numerical point of view
1 dicembre


Maria Giovanna Mora (Università di Pavia)
The equilibrium measure for a nonlocal dislocation energy

Abstract: In this talk I will discuss the minimization problem for a nonlocal energy, that describes the interaction of a large number of dislocations in the plane. The interaction kernel is given by the sum of the Coulomb potential and of an anisotropic term, that makes the potential non-radially symmetric. The purely logarithmic potential has been studied in a variety of contexts (Ginzburg-Landau vortices, Coulomb gases, random matrices, Fekete sets) and in this case it is well known that the equilibrium measure is given by the circle law. I will show that the presence of the anisotropy in the kernel changes dramatically the nature of the equilibrium measure, which turns out to be supported on the vertical axis and distributed according to Wigner?s semi-circle law. This result is one of the few examples where the minimizer of a nonlocal energy is explicitly computed and it gives a positive answer to the conjecture that positive dislocations tend to arrange themselves in vertical walls. A few extension of this result will also be discussed.
24 novembre


Enrico Valdinoci (Università di Milano)
Long-range phase transitions and minimal surfaces

Abstract: We discuss some recent results on nonlocal minimal surfaces and discuss their connections with nonlocal phase transitions. In particular, we will consider the "genuinely nonlocal regime" in which the diffusion operator is of order less than 1 and present some rigidity and symmetry results. We also discuss the connections between the problems presented and related models in crystal dislocation theory and water waves.

17 novembre


Antoine Henrot (Université de Lorraine)
On two functionals invoving the maximum of the torsion function

Abstract: In this talk we investigate upper and lower bounds of two shape functionals involving the maximum of the torsion function. More precisely , we consider T(D)/(M(D)|D|) and M(D)L_1(D), where D is a bounded open set of R^N with finite Lebesgue measure |D|, M(D) denotes the maximum of the torsion function, T(D) the torsion, and L_1(D) the first Dirichlet eigenvalue. Particular attention is devoted to the subclass of convex sets.

3 novembre


14h30 Guy Bouchitté (Université de Toulon)
Convex relaxation for a class of free boundary problems
15h30 Giuseppe Buttazzo (Università di Pisa)
Shape optimization under uncertainty

Abstract: TBA

27 ottobre


Eugenia Malinnikova (Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim)
On propagation of smallness for solutions of elliptic PDEs

Abstract: We consider a solution of a second order uniformly elliptic equation in some domain. We show that if this solution is small on some set of positive measure than it is small on each compact subset of the domain. The result generalizes the three ball theorem, similar results for sets of positive measure were obtained earlier independently by Nadirashvili and by Vessella. We improve the propagation of smallness estimate and also consider sets of zero measure but codimension smaller than one. The final estimate depends on the measure (or Hausdorff content) of the initial set but not on its geometry. Similar inequalities are obtained for the gradients of solutions. The talk is based on a joint work with A. Logunov.

13 ottobre

14:30 E 15:30

14H30 Piermarco Cannarsa (Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata") Control of degenerate equations of evolution
15H30 Cristina Pignotti (Università degli Studi dell'Aquila) Stability estimates for evolution equations with time delay

Abstract Cannarsa: The null controllability properties of degenerate parabolic operators in low space dimension, via either boundary or locally distributed controls, are by now fairly well understood if degeneracy occurs at the boundary of the space domain. The same is true for certain classes of parabolic equations associated with hypoelliptic operators on Cartesian products. Such results will be surveyed in this talk, in which special attention will be devoted to estimates for the blow-up of the cost of control as degeneracy approaches the controllability threshold.

Abstract Pignotti [30 min]: We consider abstract semilinear evolution equations with a time lag. We show that, if the C_0-semigroup describing the linear (undelayed) part of the model is exponentially stable, then the whole system keeps this property when an appropriate smallness condition on the time delay feedback or on the initial data is satisfied. Some examples illustrating our abstract approach are presented.

18 settembre


Carlos Perez (Basque Center for Applied Mathematics)
Singular Integrals and Ap weights: an expository lecture


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