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Nonlinear diffusion and free boundaries. From porous media to fractional diffusion March 07, 2011 (04:10 PM PST - 05:10 PM PST)
Location: UC Berkeley, 60 Evans Hall
Speaker(s) Juan Vazquez
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Speaker: Juan Luis Vazquez (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid)   


Title: Nonlinear diffusion and free boundaries. From porous media to fractional diffusion.


Abstract:
In the talk we will make a presentation of the theory of Nonlinear Diffusion
centered on one of the popular models, the porous medium equation and its close relative,
the fast diffusion equation. The existence of free boundaries is one of the most peculiar
properties of the former equation.


In the final section, we will present recent work that combines degenerate nonlinear diffusion
with nonlocal operators of fractional Laplacian type. Apart from the unexpected existence of free
boundaries, the model admits mass preserving self-similar solutions that are found by solving an
elliptic fractional-Laplacian  obstacle problem. We use entropy methods to show that the
asymptotic behaviour is described after renormalization by these selfimilar solutions .

Location: UC Berkeley, 60 Evans Hall





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