Research Seminars in the School of Mathematical Sciences

The School of Mathematical Sciences host regular research seminars delivered by internal and external researchers on topics across mathematical sciences.  Seminars take place on the Kevin Street campus and are open to all.

Seminar 10/10/13: Schroedinger operators with Wigner-von Neumann potentials: pseudogaps in the continuous spectrum

Schroedinger operators with Wigner-von Neumann potentials: pseudogaps in the continuous spectrum
Sergey Simonov
Dublin Institute of Technology
Thursday 10 October 2013
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

In the first part of the talk we will recall the most basic notions related to the spectral theory of half-line Schroedinger operators. Then we will discuss phenomena of vanishing of the spectral density and presence of eigenvalues embedded into continuous spectrum.

Seminar 26/09/13: Nonlinear Stationary Phase

Nonlinear Stationary Phase
Spyros Kamvissis
Thursday 26 September 2013
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

We consider the stability of the stationary and the periodic  Toda lattice under a "short range" perturbation. It is an old result  that in the first case the perturbed lattice asymptotically reduces to a finite system of solitons. In the periodic case, however it approaches a modulated lattice (plus a finite system of solitons) that we describe explicitly. Our method relies on the equivalence of the inverse spectral problem to a matrix Riemann-Hilbert factorisation problem: in the first case it is defined in the complex sphere while in the periodic case it  is defined in a hyperelliptic curve. We prove our result by applying (and generalising) the so-called nonlinear stationary phase method for Riemann-Hilbert problems.

Seminar 11/04/13: Analyticity of rotational travelling water waves

Analyticity of rotational travelling water waves
Prof. Joachim Escher
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität, Hannover, Germany
Thursday 11 April 2013
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

It is shown that the streamlines beneath a periodic water wave travelling over a flat bed with wavespeed which exceeds the horizontal velocity of all fluid particles are real-analytic curves if the vorticity function is merely integrable to some power. This regularity implies the following symmetry result: If it is a priori known that  the streamlines attain their global minimum on a vertical line and that  the wave is locally one-sided monotonic, then there is a minimal period such that within that period the wave possesses exactly one crest and one trough and it is symmteric with respect to the line perpendicular through the crest.

Seminar 18/04/13: Direct and inverse spectral problems for 2-dimensional Hamiltonian systems

Direct and inverse spectral problems for 2-dimensional Hamiltonian systems
Harald Woracek
Vienna University of Technology
Thursday 18 April 2013
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Seminar 19/02/13: Classifying the long-run behaviour of globally stable differential equations subject to random perturbations

Classifying the long-run behaviour of globally stable differential equations subject to random perturbations
John Appleby
School of Mathematical Sciences, DCU
Tuesday 19 February 2013
1pm, Room KA3-011, DIT Kevin Street

Abstract:

In many applications, it transpires that the evolution of a system can be modelled satisfactorily by an autonomous ordinary differential equation, and that this system has a unique and globally stable steady state. However,it may be more realistic to presume that the system is also subjected to external random forces which are independent of the state. The question now is: what happens to the solutions of the randomly perturbed system? In the talk, we show that it is possible to classify entirely the asymptotic behaviour of scalar equations, as well as a significant subclass of multidimensional systems. To a large extent, it can be shown that there is an equation-independent threshold of noise intensity above which solutions change from being asymptotically stable to being unbounded. Extensions of these results are possible to a wide class of differential systems, including equations with delay, periodic equations, and examples of ordinary differential equations which possess globally stable limit cycles. It is also possible to capture precisely these asymptotic features by means of a single suitable implicit stochastic numerical method.