SMS scnews item created by Emma Carberry at Mon 27 Oct 2008 1647
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 31 Oct 2008
Calendar1: 31 Oct 2008 1400-1500
CalLoc1: UNSW Red Centre 4082
Auth: carberry(.pmstaff;1014.2002)@p609.pc.maths.usyd.edu.au

Joint Colloquium: Bucur -- Variational approach for isoperimetric inequalities

___________________JOINT COLLOQUIUM______________________ 

Speaker: Prof.  Dorin Bucur (Université de Savoie) 

Title: Variational approach for isoperimetric inequalities 

Date: Friday, 31st of October 2008 Time: 2:00 pm Venue: RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW 

A group will leave from the outside foyer on the 2nd floor at 12:20 p.m.  to travel over
to the University of New South Wales.  Please let me know if you would like to join us,
and if you can offer or need a lift.  

Abstract: In this talk, we are concerned with isoperimetic inequalities involving
eigenvalues of elliptic operators.  As an example, we discuss some classical problems,
like the Faber-Krahn inequality for the first Dirichlet eigenvalue of the Laplacian,
from both classical and variational points of view.  We will point out the main
ingredients for proving that the optimal shape is radial: prove the existence of an
optimal domain, prove mild regularity of the free boundary, use a cut and reflect
argument in order to prove symmetry.  

Recent advances and open problems will presented.  

The colloquium will take a break next week due to our school planning day.  The
following week we will hear from Prof Dick Hain of Duke University.


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