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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Surface waves
Seminar:Department of Mathematics Colloquium
Speaker:John Hunter, University of California at Davis
Abstract:
Surface waves are waves that propagate along a boundary or interface, with energy that is localized near the surface. Physical examples include water waves on the free surface of a fluid, Rayleigh waves on an elastic half-space, and waves on a vorticity discontinuity in the flow of an ideal fluid. We will describe some of the history of these, and related surface waves, and discuss how they are affected by nonlinearity. The nonlinear evolution of water waves, which are dispersive, is described by well-known PDEs, such as the KdV equation or the nonlinear Schr"odinger equation. The nonlinear evolution of Rayleigh waves or waves on a vorticity discontinuity, which are nondispersive, is described by novel nonlocal, quasi-linear, singular integro-differential equations, and we will discuss some of their properties.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:04 / 08 / 2010
Time:04:00pm - 05:00pm