Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry and Physics: The 1995 Barrett Lectures by Garth BakerNonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry and Physics: The 1995 Barrett Lectures by Garth Baker

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry and Physics: The 1995 Barrett Lectures

byGarth BakerEditorAlexandre Freire

Paperback | October 16, 2012

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This volume presents the proceedings of a series of lectures hosted by the Math­ ematics Department of The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, March 22-24, 1995, under the title "Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry and Physics" . While the relevance of partial differential equations to problems in differen­ tial geometry has been recognized since the early days of the latter subject, the idea that differential equations of differential-geometric origin can be useful in the formulation of physical theories is a much more recent one. Perhaps the earliest emergence of systems of nonlinear partial differential equations having deep geo­ metric and physical importance were the Einstein equations of general relativity (1915). Several basic aspects of the initial value problem for the Einstein equa­ tions, such as existence, regularity and stability of solutions remain prime research areas today. eighty years after Einstein's work. An even more recent development is the realization that structures originally the context of models in theoretical physics may turn out to have introduced in important geometric or topological applications. Perhaps its emergence can be traced back to 1954, with the introduction of a non-abelian version of Maxwell's equations as a model in elementary-particle physics, by the physicists C.N. Yang and R. Mills. The rich geometric structure ofthe Yang-Mills equations was brought to the attention of mathematicians through work of M.F. Atiyah, :"J. Hitchin, I.
Title:Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations in Geometry and Physics: The 1995 Barrett LecturesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:156 pagesPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3034898185

ISBN - 13:9783034898188


Table of Contents

New Directions in 4-Manifold Theory.- Lecture 1: Donaldson and Seiberg-Witten Invariants.- Lecture 2: The Immersed Thorn Conjecture.- Lecture 3: Intersection Forms of Smooth 4-Manifolds.- References.- On the Regularity of Classical Field Theories in Minkowski Space-Time E3+1.- 1 Relativistic Field Theories.- 2 The Problem of Break-down.- 3 Energy estimates and the Problem of Optimal Local Well Posedness.- 4 Proof of the Null Estimates.- 5 The Proof of Theorem 4.- 6 Conclusions.- Static and Moving Vortices in Ginzburg-Landau Theories.- Lecture 1.- 1 Background and Models.- 2 The Work of Bethuel-Brézis-Hélein and Others.- 3 Some Generalizations.- Lecture 2.- 1 Renormalized Energy.- 2 A Technical Result.- 3 Proof of Theorem A.- 4 Proof of Theorem B.- Lecture 3: The Dynamical Law of Ginzburg-Landau Vortices.- 1 Gor'kov-Eliashberg's Equation.- 2 Uniqueness of Asymptotic Limit.- 3 Vortex Motion Equations.- References.- Wave Maps.- 1 Local existence. Energy method.- 1.1 The setting.- 1.2 Wave Maps.- 1.3 Examples.- 1.4 Basic questions.- 1.5 Energy estimates.- 1.6 L2-theory.- 1.7 Local existence for smooth data.- 1.8 A slight improvement.- 1.9 Global existence, the case m = 1.- 2 Blow-up and non-uniqueness.- 2.1 Overview.- 2.2 Regularity in the elliptic and parabolic cases.- 2.3 Regularity in the hyperbolic case.- 3 The conformai case m = 2.- 3.1 Overview.- 3.2 The equivariant case.- 3.3 Towards well-posedness for general targets.- 3.4 Approximation solutions.- 3.5 Convergence.- References.