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   Speaker: Xinfu Chen, University of Pittsburgh, USA

          Title: Introduction to Free Boundary Problems
      Abstract:
This mini-course introduces some basic theory on free boundary problems and its associated variational problems. As an example, an American put problem will be thoroughly investigated. More specifically the course will cover the following topics:

            1) Obstacle Problem and Variational Inequality

            2) Stefan Problem

            3) American Put from Mathematical Finance

            4) Convexity of free boundary for Stefan problem


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Syllubus    Part One   Part Two   Part Three

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   Speaker: Mikhail Feldman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

         Title: Shock Reflection, von Neumann Conjectures, and Free Boundary Problems

      Abstract: In this course, we discuss shock reflection problem for compressible gas dynamics, and von Neumann conjectures on transition between regular and Mach reflections. We will describe recent results on existence and properties of regular reflection solutions for potential flow equation. The approach is to reduce the shock reflection problem to a free boundary problem for a nonlinear elliptic equation, with ellipticity degenerating near a part of the fixed boundary. We will discuss the techniques andmethods used in the study of such free boundary problems.


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   Speaker: Monica Torres, Purdue University, USA

          Title: Divergence Measure Fields, Conservation Laws, and Free Boundary Problems

      Abstract: The divergence operator is of fundamental importance as many important equations are in divergence form. In the first part of the mini-course we will present several results concerning the solvability of the equation div F = T in various spaces of functions. The case when T is a Radon measure m will be of particular interest. A vector field F satisfying div F = m is called a divergence-measure field. Remarkably, the solvability of this equation is connected to the analysis of BV*, the dual of the space of functions of bounded variation. This space is widely used in image processing to model the noise of an image.


In the second part of the mini-course we will continue the analysis of divergence-measure fields, focusing on the existence of normal traces and the corresponding Gauss-Green formulas. Applications of the theory of divergence-measure fields to nonlinear hyperbolic conservation laws will be explained, including the development of the formulation of Cauchy fluxes that allow the inclusion of shock waves, and the derivation of systems of balance laws. Since the shock waves are free boundaries for hyperbolic equations, the analysis of their structure and regularity is an important question that will be discussed in this mini-course, as well as the connections with divergence-measure fields.


In the third part of the course we will discuss a free boundary problem arising in the modeling of populations. This problem involves fully-nonlinear elliptic operators. We will show the existence of solutions, non-degeneracy properties at regular points and the analysis of the blow-up of the solution. Finally, we will show that we can apply the regularity theory developed by Caffarelli to obtain regularity of the interfaces for this problem.


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Slides - Part One    Slides - Part Two  

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Part One   Part Two   Part Three  

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