(Theme 2) Coagulation, branching processes, and random shock-wave dynamics

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 10:00am - 10:50am
Keller 3-180
Robert Pego (Carnegie-Mellon University)
Smoluchowski's coagulation equation is related in remarkable ways to models of random shock clustering and the merging of ancestral trees. I plan to discuss a) work with Iyer and Leger on criteria for the asymptotic self-similarity of clan size distributions in branching processes, and
b) how kinetic coagulation models are tied to Menon and Srinivasan's discoveries that indicate complete integrability for Burgers turbulence.
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