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Timothy Blass
Center for Nonlinear Analysis, Carnegie Mellon University
Title: Aubry-Mather theory for PDEs

Abstract: I will discuss the Aubry-Mather theory for PDEs, where one is interested in constructing plane-like minimizers of (formal) energy functionals on $\mathbb{R}^n$ with some periodicity assumptions. First, we solve the case where the average slope of the minimizer is rational, which has an associated cell problem. By taking limits of the rational case, we can then construct plane-like solutions with irrational average slope. I will present a gradient descent approach to constructing these plane-like minimizers as well as a perturbation theory approach in the case that the energy is a perturbation of an "integrable" energy

(note: if 7218 is still in use, we go to 8220)

Recording: http://vnc.math.cmu.edu/cna/CNA-Blass-Oct-04-2011.avi
Recording: http://vnc.math.cmu.edu/cna/CNA-Blass-Oct-04-2011.mp4
Pdf File: TimBlass.pdf
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 7218
Submitted by:  David Kinderlehrer