Departmental Seminar

Nonlinear steepest descent and semiclassical analysis of the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger equation

Date & time

Wed 18 Oct 2017, 3.30–4.30pm



Oliphant Seminar Room (414)


Members of RSPE welcome
Professor Spyridon Kamvissis
Integrable Systems in Mathematical Physics, University of Crete

Will present a short introduction to the semiclassical analysis of the integrable nonlinear Schrödinger equations.  

  • Introduce the problem and present some numerical pictures.
  • Provide very short discussion of the tools needed, like 
    • Riemann-Hilbert factorization problems
    • S-curves in potential theory, in
    • exact WKB analysis

Spyridon Kamvissis received his Ph.D. from Courant Institute New York University with Peter Lax and Percy Deift, and a Habilitation from University of Paris VII (Jussieu).

His research has focused mostly on "completely integrable" infinite dimensional Hamiltonian systems, like the KdV equation, the nonlinear Schrödinger equation, and the Toda lattice. Particularly interested in asymptotic problems like the investigation of long time asymptotics, semiclassical asymptotics, zero dispersion limits and continuum limits of solutions of initial and initial-boundary value problems for nonlinear dispersive partial differential equations and nonlinear lattices, including difficult problems involving instabilities (like the so-called modulational instability).  He has used and extended techniques from PDE theory, complex analysis, harmonic analysis, potential theory and algebraic geometry. Along the way, has made contributions to the analysis of Riemann-Hilbert factorization problems on the complex plane or a hyperelliptic Riemann surface and the theory of variational problems for Green potentials with external harmonic fields. In a sense, he has worked on a "nonlinear microlocal analysis" that generalizes the classical theory of stationary phase and steepest descent.

Convenors: Professor Peter Vassiliou & Peter Vouzas (RSPE)

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