Riemann's non-differentiable function and the binormal curvature flow
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RIEMANN’S NON-DIFFERENTIABLE FUNCTION
In a joint work with Valeria Banica, we make a connection between a famous analytical object introduced in the 1860s by Riemann, as well as some variants of it, and a nonlinear geometric PDE, the binormal curvature flow. As a consequence this analytical object has a non-obvious non- linear geometric interpretation. We recall that the binormal flow is a standard model for the evolution of vortex filaments. We prove the existence of solutions of the binormal flow with smooth trajectories that are as close as desired to curves with a multifractal behavior. Finally, we show that this behavior falls within the multifractal formalism of Frisch and Parisi, which is conjectured to govern turbulent fluids. If time permits, I will also mention some recent results on intermittency in the context of the linear Schrödinger equation.