SMS scnews item created by Daniel Daners at Fri 10 Dec 2010 0841
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 13 Dec 2010
Calendar1: 13 Dec 2010 1500-1600
CalLoc1: Carslaw 350

PDE Seminar

An existence result for singular Liouville equations on compact surfaces


David Ruiz
University of Granada, Spain
13 Dec 2010, 3-4pm, Carslaw Room 350


In this talk we will consider a Liouville equation on a compact surface. This problem appears in physical models like the abelian Chern-Simons-Higgs theory and the Electroweak theory. Moreover, it is also related to the problem of prescribing the Gaussian curvature of a surface via a conformal deformation of the metric. If the surface has some conical points, Dirac deltas appear in the equation; this is the case we are interested in.

Our techniques are variational, that is, we look for solutions as critical points of an associated energy functional. In order to do that, the study of the topology of the sublevels of that functional becomes very important. This is accomplished thanks to a convenient Moser-Trudinger type inequality.

Check also the PDE Seminar page. Enquiries to Florica CÓrstea or Daniel Daners.

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