Fields Colloquium/Seminar in Applied Math

The Fields Institute Colloquium/Seminar in Applied Mathematics is a  monthly colloquium series for mathematicians in the areas of applied  mathematics and analysis. The series alternates between colloquium  talks by internationally recognized experts in the field, and less formal,  more specialized seminars.In recent years, the series has featured  applications to diverse areas of science and technology; examples  include super-conductivity, nonlinear wave propagation, optical fiber  communications, and financial modeling. The intent of the series is to  bring together the applied mathematics community on a regular basis,  to present current results in the field, and to strengthen the potential for  communication and collaboration between researchers with common  interests. We meet for one session per month during the academic  year. The organizers welcome suggestions for speakers and topics. 

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Breakdown of Smoothness in the Muskat Problem

by Charles Fefferman | Princeton University
Time: 15:10  (Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011)
Location: BA6183, Bahen Center, 40 St. George St.
The problem concerns the evolution of the interfaces between two or more fluids in a porous medium. The talk presents new phenomena arising when at least three fluids are present. (Joint work with several coauthors.)

Dates in this series

· Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2010: Denjoy-Schwartz and Hamilton-Jacobi (Albert Fathi)
· Wednesday, May. 26, 2010: New Theories of Imagery and Implications for Image Segmentation (Dr Garry Newsam)
· Wednesday, Jun. 02, 2010: Recovering the electrical conductivity from interior data (Prof. Alex Tamasan )
· Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010: The classical capacity of a quantum channel (Chris King)
· Friday, Aug. 20, 2010: The Landau-de Gennes theory of nematic liquid crystals: Uniaxiality versus Biaxiality (Apala Majumdar)
· Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010: Optimal transport and geodesics for H1 metrics on diffeomorphism groups (Boris Khesin)
· Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010: Discrete Elastic Rods and Viscous Threads (Eitan Grinspun)
· Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010: From Sorcery to Science: how Hollywood Physics impacts the Sciences (Eitan Grinspun)
· Wednesday, Dec. 08, 2010: Introduction to the renormalization group as a rigorous tool in probability theory (Abdelmalek Abdesselam)
· Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011: Breakdown of Smoothness in the Muskat Problem (Charles Fefferman)
· Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011: Mixed-mode solutions in the differentially heated rotating annulus (Greg Lewis)
· Wednesday, Apr. 20, 2011: Numerical simulation of Faraday waves (Nicolas Perinet)
· Wednesday, Jun. 01, 2011: Resonances and long time integration of nonlinear Schroedinger equations (Erwan Faou)
· Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011: A self-dual polar decomposition for vector fields (Nassif Ghoussoub)
· Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012: Two Existence Problems in Interfacial Fluid Dynamics (David Ambrose)
· Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012: The Geometry of Light Transport (Christian Lessig)
· Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012: Global well-posedness for the 2D Boussinesq system with anisotropic viscosity and without heat diffusion (Evelyn Lunasin)
· Thursday, Apr. 12, 2012: 'Ultimate state'' of two-dimensional Rayleigh-B\'enard convection (Charles Doering)
· Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013: TBA (Francois Hamel)