Variational inequalities related to the Monge-Ampere equation

Analysis Seminar
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 2:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Diego Maldonado – Kansas State University
Brett Wick
We will start with a description of geometric and measure-theoretic objects associated to certain convex functions in R^n. These objects include a quasi-distance and a Borel measure in R^n which render a space of homogeneous type (i.e. a doubling quasi-metric space) associated to such convex functions. We will illustrate how real-analysis techniques in this quasi-metric space can be applied to the regularity theory of convex solutions u to the Monge-Ampere equation det D^2u =f as well as solutions v of the linearized Monge-Ampere equation L_u(v)=g. Finally, we will discuss recent developments regarding the existence of Sobolev and Poincare inequalities on these Monge-Ampere quasi-metric spaces and mention some of their applications.