Fields Analysis Working Group

The Fields Analysis Working Group (FAWG) seminars are a working group seminar and brown bag lunch devoted to nonlinear dynamics and the calculus of variations meeting once a week.. Interested persons are welcome to attend and to propose talks to the organizers Larry Guth, Robert McCann and James Colliander.

Seminars will be held on Thursdays at 12 noon in Room 210 at the Fields Institute unless stated otherwise. 

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On the coarsening rates in demixing binary viscous liquids

by Christian Seis | University of Toronto
Time: 12:10  (Thursday, Nov. 03, 2011)
Location: FI210, Fields Institute, 222 College St.
We consider the demixing process of a binary mixture of two liquids after a temperature quench. In viscous liquids, demixing is mediated by diffusion and convection. The typical particle size grows as a function of time t, a phenomenon called coarsening. Simple scaling arguments based on the assumption of statistical self-similarity of the domain morphology suggest the coarsening rates: from ? t^{1/3} for diffusion-mediated to ? t for flow-mediated coarsening. In joint works with Y. Brenier, F. Otto, and D. Slepcev, we derive the crossover of both scaling regimes in the sense of lower bounds on the energy, which scales, heuristically at least, as an inverse length. The mathematical model is a Cahn-Hilliard equation with an additional convection term. The velocity of the convecting fluid is determined by a Stokes equation. Our analysis follows closely a method proposed by R. V. Kohn and F. Otto, which is based on the gradient flow structure of the evolution.

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