Analysis Seminar

Global Existence Solutions and Geometric Properties of the SQG Sharp Front

Speaker: Diego Cordoba, Madrid University

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 11 a.m.


A particular kind of weak solutions for a 2D active scalar are the so called “sharp fronts”, i.e., solutions for which the scalar is a step function. The evolution of such distribution is completely determined by the evolution of the boundary, allowing the problem to be treated as a non-local one dimensional equation for the contour. In this setting we will present several analytical results for the surface quasi-geostrophic equation (SQG): the existence of convex \(C^{\infty}\) global rotating solutions, elliptical shapes are not rotating solutions (as opposed to 2D Euler equations) and the existence of convex solutions that lose their convexity in finite time.