Analysis and Partial Differential Equations

Joint Seminar Day


The aim of the seminar day is to bring together specialists, early career researchers and PhD students working in analysis, partial differential equations and related fields in Australia, in order to report on research, fostering contacts and to begin new research projects between the participants.

This seminar day is organised jointly with the related research groups of the Australian National University, Macquarie University, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW and University of Newcastle, with others participating as well.

In particular, this event has the intention to give PhD students and early career researchers the opportunity to present their research to a wider audience.

Program for 15–16 April 2019 at the University of Newcastle


University of Newcastle (City Campus): See the information on how to get there. The talks will run on the afternoon of Monday 15 April, finishing by mid-day Tuesday 16 April.


All talks are in NeW Space, Room X-205.

Monday 15 April
TimeSpeakerTitle of Talk
14:00 Opening Remarks
14:10–14:50 Marcin Preisner Operators with Gaussian bounds – Hölder estimates and Hardy spaces
14:55–15:35 Sean HarrisWeyl Pseudodifferential Operators in Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Settings
15:35–16:00 Afternoon tea
16:00–16:40 Mike Meylan Lax–Phillips Scattering Theory for Simple Wave Scattering
16:45–17:25 Yuhan Wu Length-constrained curve diffusion
17:30–18:10 Daniel Hauer The Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator associated with the Total Variational Flow operator
Tuesday 16 April
TimeSpeakerTitle of Talk
09:30–10:10 Jiakun Liu Non-compact Lp-Minkowski problems
09:15–10:55 James Ting Feng Yang Singular perturbation on linear-quadratic stochastic differential games
10:55–11:15 Morning tea
11:10–11:50 Balaje Kalyanaraman A Linear Elasticity Model for Ice Shelf Vibrations
11:55–12:35 Ji Li Lower bound of the Riesz transform kernel on stratified Lie groups, commutators and applications
12:35 Closing, followed by Lunch

Abstracts of Talks

Talks will be posted as they become available.

Weyl Pseudodifferential Operators in Ornstein-Uhlenbeck Settings

Sean Harris (Australian National University)


The classical Weyl pseudodifferential calculus is a particular choice of “quantisation”– a way to take functions of the position and momentum operators on n. This pseudodifferential calculus allows study of complicated operators to be (mostly) encapsulated by studying their symbols.

Ornstein-Uhlenbeck (OU) operators are analogs of the Laplacian adapted to spaces with Gaussian measure, and arise in many areas including stochastic analysis, quantum field theory and harmonic analysis. They are particularly nasty if tackled analytically and directly, with very rigid structures (for example, the standard OU operator has only H calculus on Lp, the proof of which takes over 100 pages in full detail!). From one of these origins, the OU operator arises naturally as a ”function” of position- and momentum-like operators, which suggests that the ideas of Weyl calculi may be applicable.

After explaining these and other relevant concepts, I will explain my current work in adapting the Weyl pseudodifferential calculus to the OU setting. This is of a very different flavour to the standard Weyl pseudodifferential calculus. At present, it seems that using the Weyl calculus splits the problem of studying OU operators into an algebraic part and an analytic part, the analytic part being almost trivial when compared to the analysis used for studying OU directly.

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A Linear Elasticity Model for Ice Shelf Vibrations

Balaje Kalyanaraman (University of Newcastle)


Seismometer measurements on the Ross Ice Shelf have confirmed the presence of ocean wave induced vibrations by various components of ocean waves—from the longer tsunami-infragravity waves to the shorter ocean-swell waves. Mathematical models have been developed assuming that the incident wavelengths are much greater than the ice-shelf thickness and the ocean depth. These models make use of the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory for the ice coupled with the linear shallow water equations for the fluid motion, assuming uniform sea-bed. However, the shallow water assumptions are generally valid in the infragravity regime but not valid in the open ocean for ocean-swell waves as the wavelengths are comparable to the ocean depth.

In this talk, we discuss the mathematical model where the thin-beam assumption and the shallow-water conditions are relaxed by assuming full linear-elasticity equations for the ice and the potential flow model for the fluid, respectively. The coupled problem is then solved using the finite element method and the responses of the ice shelf in the frequency-domain and the time-domain are investigated. We will focus in particular on the analytic properties of the solution and show that the solution we calculate can be extended analytically to the entire complex plane. We show further that the solution is dominated by the singularities and zeros in the upper and lower half complex plane.

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The Dirichlet-to-Neumann operator associated with the Total Variational Flow operator

Daniel Hauer (University of Sydney)


In 1992, Sternberg, Williams and Ziemer showed that on a bounded Lipschitz domain Ω for every continuous boundary data g the problem

min{|Du|(Ω): u BV (Ω) C(Ω¯)u = g on Ω}

has a unique solution. Here |Du|(Ω) denotes the total variation of the vector-valued measure Du evaluated on Ω. Characterization of the notion of solutions of the above non-smooth variational problem, were firstly given by Andreu, Ballester, Caselles and Mazón [JFA01]. If the boundary data φ merely belongs to L then the uniqueness fails to hold (see Mazón et al [Indiana14]). In particular, any kind of continuous dependence for non-smooth boundary data is not known caused by the lack of compactness in BV spaces (cf Adimurthi & Tintarev or Górny).

In this talk, we show how the map assigning Dirichlet data to the co-normal derivative of solutions to the Total Variational Flow (1-Laplacian) generates a strongly continuous semigroup on L1(Ω) (and in Lq for all q 1. In particular, we show well-posedness and several other important properties of the elliptic-parabolic problem

- div Du |Du| = 0 in Ω × (0,), ut + ν ( Du |Du|) + f(x,u) = 0 on Ω × (0,), u(0) = u0on Ω.

Here, ν denotes the outward pointing unit normal vector on Ω. To obtain well-posedness for this elliptic-parabolic problem, the continuous dependence of solutions of the elliptic problem with respect to boundary data is usually used. We outline in this talk how we could circumvent this with functional analytical tools.

The results presented in this talk are obtain in joint work with José Mazón (Universitat de València, Valencia, Spain).

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Lower bound of the Riesz transform kernel on stratified Lie groups, commutators and applications

Ji Li (Macquarie University)


It is well-known that the commutator of Riesz transform (Hilbert transform in dimension 1) and a symbol b is bounded on L2(n) if and only if b is in the BMO space BMO(n) (Coifman–Rochberg–Weiss).

Inspired by this result, it is natural to ask whether it holds for commutator of Riesz transform on Heisenberg groups n . Note that in the setting of several complex variables, the Heisenberg group n is the boundary of the Siegel upper half space, whose roles are holomorphically equivalent to the unit sphere and the unit ball in n respectively, and hence the role of Riesz transform on n is similar to that of Hilbert transform on the real line .

We answer this question in the setting of stratified Lie groups G, which is more general than the Heisenberg group n. We first obtain a suitable version of lower bound for the kernel of the Riesz transform on G, and then establish a characterisation for the boundedness of the Riesz commutator, that is, the commutator of Riesz transform and a symbol b is bounded on L2(G) if and only if b is in the BMO space BMO(G) studied by Folland and Stein. In the mean time we also establish characterisations for the endpoint boundedness of Riesz commutators, including the weak type (1, 1), H1(G) L1(G), and L(G) to BMO(G), where H1(G) is the Hardy space studied by Folland and Stein.

As applications of the Riesz commutators, we introduce the curl operator on G and then establish the div-curl lemma with respect to H1(G).

The results we provide here are based on joint work with Xuan Thinh Duong, Hong-Quan Li and Brett D. Wick.

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Non-compact Lp-Minkowski problems

Jiakun Liu (University of Wollongong)


In this talk, we introduce a class of noncompact Lp-Minkowski problems, and prove the existence of complete, noncompact convex hypersurfaces whose p-curvature function is prescribed on a domain in the unit sphere. This problem is related to the solvability of Monge-Ampère equations subject to certain boundary conditions depending on the value of p. The special case of p = 1 was previously studied by Pogorelov and Chou-Wang. Here, we give some sufficient conditions for the solvability for general p’s.

This is joint work with Yong Huang at Hunan University.

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Lax–Phillips Scattering Theory for Simple Wave Scattering

Mike Meylan (University of Newcastle)


Lax-Philips scattering theory is a method to solve for scattering as an expansion over the singularities of the analytic extension of the scattering problem to complex frequencies. I will show how a complete theory can be developed in the case of simple scattering problems. I will illustrate how this theory can be used to find a numerical solution, and I will illustrate the method by applying it to the vibration of ice shelves.

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Operators with Gaussian bounds – Hölder estimates and Hardy spaces

Marcin Preisner (University of Wrocław, Poland)


Let (X,d,μ) be a metric-measure space of homogeneous type, which means that the doubling condition

μ(B(x, 2r)) Cμ(B(x,r))

holds with C independent of x X and r > 0. Here B(x,r) is a ball in X. We shall consider semigroups Tt on Lp(X), that have integral kernels Ttf(x) =XTt(x,y)f(y)dμ(y) satisfying Gaussian bounds

C-1 μ(B(x,t)) exp( -d(x,y)2 c1t ) Tt(x,y) C μ(B(x,t)) exp( -d(x,y)2 c2t ) (1)

It the talk we shall discuss Hölder estimates for Tt(x,y) which follow from (1). Using this we characterize the Hardy space

H1(X,T t) = f L1(X): f H1(X,Tt) := sup t>0Ttf() L1(X) <

by means of atomic decompositions. This means that a function f is in H1(X,T t) if and only if it can be written as f(x) = kλkak(x), where k|λk| < and ak(x) are (X,ωμ)-atoms. Here a is an (X,ωμ)-atom if

supp a B = B(x,r),a μ(B)-1,a(x)ω(x)dμ(x) = 0,

where ω: X [C-1,C] is a bounded harmonic function for Tt.

This is joint work with Jacek Dziubański.

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Length-constrained curve diffusion

Yuhan Wu (University of Wollongong)


We show that initial closed curves suitably close to a circle flow under the length constrained curve diffusion to round circles in infinite time. We also provide an estimate on the total length of time for which such curves are not strictly convex.

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Singular perturbation on linear-quadratic stochastic differential games

James Ting Feng Yang (University of Sydney)


We investigate a class of zero-sum linear-quadratic stochastic differential games on a finite time horizon governed by multiscale state equations. The multiscale nature of the problem can be leveraged to show that, for small enough ε, the existence of solution to the associated generalised Riccati equation is guaranteed by the existence of a solution to a decoupled pair of differential and algebraic Riccati equations with a reduced order of dimensionality. As a consequence, we are able to construct a couple of asymptotic estimates to the closed-loop value of the game in the sense of an approximate closed-loop strategy, and a limiting value.

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  • Ben Andrews (ANU)
  • Daniel Daners (USyd, Website)
  • Ian Doust (UNSW)
  • Xuan Duong (Macquarie)
  • Daniel Hauer (USyd)
  • Ji Li (Macquarie)
  • James McCoy (Newcastle)
  • Pierre Portal (ANU)
  • Adam Sikora (Macquarie)
  • Glen Wheeler (Wollongong)
  • Valentina Wheeler (Wollongong)

Local Organiser: James McCoy (Newcastle)