A Minimax Problem in Almost Axisymmetric Flows

SIAM Student Seminar
Friday, November 12, 2010 - 13:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 255
School of Mathematics, Georgia Tech
Almost axisymmetric flows are derived from Boussinesq equations for incompressible fluids. They are supposed to capture special features in tropical cyclones. We establish an unusual minimax equality as the first step towards studying this challenging problem. I will review some basic techniques of the calculus of variations.