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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

For more information about this meeting, contact Toan Nguyen, Fei Wang, Hope Shaffer, Jinchao Xu.

Title:Instability theory of gaseous stars
Seminar:CCMA PDEs and Numerical Methods Seminar Series
Speaker:Ian Tice, Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract Link:
A simple astrophysical model of stars considers them to be a compact mass of self-gravitating compressible fluid. Such a fluid obeys the compressible Navier-Stokes-Poisson equations. In the case of "polytropic gases," in which the pressure behaves like $P = K \rho^\gamma$ for $K>0$ an entropy constant and $\gamma >1$ an adiabatic constant, one may construct compactly supported, finite mass, radially symmetric equilibrium solutions by reducing to the Lane-Emden ODE (at least when $6/5 < \gamma < 2$). A fundamental question in astrophysics is the stability of such equilibria, and it was believed that they should be unstable for $6/5 < \gamma < 4/3$ and stable for $4/3 \le \gamma < 2$. In this talk we will prove that the Navier-Stokes-Poisson system, perturbed around a Lane-Emden equilibrium configuration, is nonlinearly unstable when $6/5 < \gamma < 4/3$. This is joint work with Juhi Jang.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB106
Date:04 / 11 / 2014
Time:02:30pm - 03:30pm