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Jon Wilkening, UC Berkeley

Computation of time-periodic solutions of nonlinear PDE

Abstract: I will describe a spectrally accurate numerical method for finding non-trivial time-periodic solutions of nonlinear PDE. We minimize a functional (of the initial condition and the period) that is positive unless the solution is periodic, in which case it is zero. We use adjoint methods (originally developed for shape optimization in fluid mechanics) to compute the gradient of this functional with respect to the initial condition. We then minimize the functional using a quasi-Newton gradient descent method.

As an application, we study global paths of time-periodic solutions connecting stationary and traveling waves of the Benjamin-Ono equation, which is a model water wave equation closely related to the Korteveg-de Vries equation. We also study families of time-periodic symmetric breathing waves for the vortex sheet with surface tension between two incompressible, irrotational, inviscid fluids.

This is joint work with David Ambrose.

Time: 1:30 P.M.
Location: PPB 300