Kolloquium des SFB/Transregio 71 "Geometrische Partielle Differentialgleichungen" im Sommersemester 2012

Mittwoch,
2012-07-11
16:15 Uhr
Hörsaal II, Albertstr. 23b
Reto Müller (Imperial College London): Finite-time singularities in Mean Curvature Flow and Ricci flow

In this talk, we will study finite-time singularities of two geometric flows. I will start with the Mean Curvature Flow for which I will draw a lot of pictures and recall (without proofs) some of the most important results about the singularity formation.

I will then show how these results should be translated to corresponding statements for finite-time Ricci flow singularities. Some of these statements have recently been proved in joint work with various collaborators, some of them are work in progress and others are completely open conjectures.

Mittwoch,
2012-07-25
16:15 Uhr
Hörsaal II, Albertstr. 23b
Glen Wheeler (Magdeburg): Global analysis of the generalised Helfrich flow of curves immersed in IR^n

The Helfrich energy is a measure of the elastic bending energy of a manifold, and for surfaces has been in the mind of researchers in one form or another since Poisson's treatise on elasticity in 1812. In 1973 Helfrich used the theory of elastic lipid bilayers to motivate the specific form of the functional which is common today. In its full generality, the functional incorporates an ambient "spontaneous curvature". The presence of even a trivial (constant) spontaneous curvature has historically resisted analysis. In this talk we consider the gradient flow of the functional defined on an immersed curve, with arbitrary codimension. We shall prove that under mild assumptions on the spontaneous curvature the flow exists for all time for initial data with arbitrarily high energy, subconverging to a critical point of a limiting functional. Asymptotic analysis is made particularly difficult by the presence of the spontaneous curvature: we shall present explicit examples where the flow exists for all time but does not converge. Nevertheless (time permitting), following an idea of Ben Andrews, we shall present three conditions under which it is possible to obtain full convergence of the flow. One of these conditions includes the case of the Willmore flow, strengthening a well-known result of Dziuk, Kuwert, and Schaetzle.

Mittwoch,
2012-09-26
16:15 Uhr
Hörsaal II, Albertstr. 23b
Prof. Dr. Xingwang Xu (NUS): The Scalar curvature flow

In this talk, I will survey some recent progress on the conformal curvature flow for various prescribed curvature problems, including the perturbation theory for the prescribed scalar curvature problem on the unit sphere, prescribed Q-curvature problem and the prescribed mean curvature on the boundary of the unit ball.


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