SMS scnews item created by Emma Carberry at Wed 26 Aug 2009 1130
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 4 Sep 2009
Calendar1: 4 Sep 2009 1400-1500
CalLoc1: Carslaw 275
Auth: carberry(.pmstaff;1014.2002)@p609.pc.maths.usyd.edu.au

Joint Colloquium: Alan McIntosh -- The Kato square root problem - a new approach with applications to boundary value problems

Joint Colloquium 

There will be no joint colloquium this week, however for next week we have a fabulous
speaker: 

Friday, September 4 Carslaw 275, 2 PM Alan McIntosh, CMA, ANU, Canberra 

The Kato square root problem - a new approach with applications to boundary value
problems.  

We will be taking Alan to lunch, leaving from the outside foyer on the 2nd floor of
Carslaw at 12:30 PM 

About 1960 Tosio Kato, during his investigation of the evolution of physical systems,
was led to pose a key question about the square root of non-symmetric divergence form
elliptic partial differential operators.  The one-dimensional problem was solved by
Coifman, Meyer and myself in 1982, while it was only in 2001 that the question was fully
answered by Auscher, Hofmann, Lacey, Tchamitchian and myself.  A more general viewpoint
was subsequently provided in joint work of mine with Axelsson and Keith.  

Recently, these ideas have been employed to give conditions for solvability of some
elliptic PDE’s with square integrable boundary values.  I shall survey these
applications of harmonic analysis to the study of elliptic PDE’s, and present new
results of Auscher, Axelsson and myself.


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