PDE Seminar

Title: Reaction-diffusion equations and propagation phenomena in heterogeneous environment
Speaker: Professor Henri Berestycki
Speaker Info: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
Brief Description:
Special Note: co-sponsored with FIG

Front or pulse propagation phenomena arise in a variety of contexts such as flames, chemical reactions, phase transitions, biological invasions and even social behaviors. Equations and systems of reaction-diffusion (possibly with transport or advection terms) have long been used to describe these phenomena. In this lecture, after recalling these models, I will survey some of the classical results dealing with the homogeneous reaction-diffusion equation, focusing on propagation of fronts and asymptotic speed of spreading. Then I will present some generalizations regarding propagation in heterogeneous media. I will discuss in particular biological invasions in periodic heterogeneous media as well as a model for species facing a climate change. The results emphasize some new effects due to heterogeneity.
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2005
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Prof. Gui-Qiang Chen
Contact email: gqchen@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5553
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