Rice University Department of Mathematics Colloquium

Optimal mixing and irregular transport by incompressible flows

4:00 pm Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Anna Mazzucato (Penn State)

Abstract: I will discuss transport of passive scalars by incompressible flows (such as a die in a fluid) and measures of optimal mixing and stirring under physical constraint on the flow. In particular, I will present recent results concerning examples of flows that achieve the optimal theoretical rate in the case of flows with a prescribed bound on certain Sobolev norms of the associated velocity. such as under an energy or an enstrophy budget. These examples are related to examples of (instantaneous) loss of Sobolev regularity for solutions to linear transport equation with non-Lipschitz velocity.

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