Pinning and depinning of interfaces in random media

  • Patrick Dondl (Universität Bonn)
A3 01 (Sophus-Lie room)


We consider the evolution of an interface, modeled by a parabolic equation, in a random environment. The randomness is given by a distribution of smooth obstacles of random strength. To provide a barrier for the moving interface, we construct a positive, steady state supersolution. This construction depends on the existence, after rescaling, of a Lipschitz hypersurface separating the domain into a top and a bottom part, consisting of boxes that contain at least one obstacle of sufficient strength. We prove this percolation result.

Furthermore, we examine the question of existence of a solution propagating with positive velocity in a random field with non-bounded random obstacle strength.

This work shows the emergence of a rate independent hysteresis in systems subject to a viscous microscopic evolution law through the interaction with a random environment.

Joint work with N. Dirr (Bath University) and M. Scheutzow (TU Berlin).

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