Bogdan Raita: An introduction to generalized Young measures

  • Lecturer: Bogdan Raita
  • Date: Wednesdays 11.00-12.30
  • Room: MPI MiS E1 01 (Leibniz)
  • Remarks: Participants are required to wear masks, available by the entrance; can also use your own


In the study of PDEs, one cannot realistically hope for better compactness than in the weak topologies, which reasonably describe measurements of physical quantities. The phenomena that are less understood do not usually lead to linear equations, making the interaction between nonlinear quantities and weakly convergent sequences an ubiquitous theme in the study of nonlinear PDEs. In this course, we will learn about generalized Young measures (GYM), which are especially useful tools to describe the effective limits of nonlinearities applied to weakly convergent sequences in Lebesgue spaces. In particular, these objects efficiently keep track of concentration and oscillation effects, which are the main obstructions to strong convergence. Thus, Young measures are naturally used in many branches of PDE theory, of which we will focus on their role in the Calculus of Variations, where the notion first emerged from the ideas of L.C. Young. We will thoroughly explore the functional analytic and measure theoretic realities of GYM, with a focus on identifying oscillation and concentration effects, or lack thereof. We will use this basic understanding to study weak sequential continuity and lower semi-continuity of energy functionals $$ E[v]=\int_{\Omega} F(v(x))\mathrm{d\,}x $$ on linear PDE constrained subsets of Lebesgue spaces. Such problems arise in elasticity, plasticity, composites, fluids, and electromagnetism, to name a few; more abstract applications arise in differential geometry and geometric measure theory. Time permitting, we will present the main result of my recent preprint arXiv:1912.09190, joint with Jan Kristensen.

Regular lectures: Summer semester 2020

11.07.2020, 02:30