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Event Type:

Applied Mathematics and Computation Seminar

Date/Time:

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 04:00 to 05:00

Location:

Kidd 364

Guest Speaker:

Institution:

Drexel University

Abstract:

In many dispersive equations, such as the KdV or Benjamin-Ono equations, the dispersive terms appear linearly. There are other equations, however, in which the dispersion enters nonlinearly; examples come from numerical analysis and geophysical applications, among other places. Equations with nonlinear, degenerate dispersion are known to exhibit a variety of non-analytic traveling waves, such as compactons, but for many such equations, the well-posedness theory has not been developed. We demonstrate both ill-posedness and well-posedness results for equations with degenerate dispersion; the well-posedness results are related to a study of the competition between dispersion and backwards diffusion in linear PDE, which we will discuss. This includes joint work with Gideon Simpson, J. Douglas Wright, and Dennis G. Yang.

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