Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 2:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
The subject of this talk is wave equations that arise from geometric considerations. Prime examples include the wave map equation and the Yang-Mills equation on the Minkowski space. On one hand, these are fundamental field theories arising in physics; on the other hand, they may be thought of as the hyperbolic analogues of the harmonic map and the elliptic Yang-Mills equations, which are interesting geometric PDEs on their own. I will discuss the recent progress on the problem of global regularity and asymptotic behavior of solutions to these PDEs.