Colloquium Abstracts Spring 2023


Abstracts will be posted here for the colloquium talks when they are available.

Zhen-Qing Chen

University of Washington
February 9, 2023

Boundary Harnack Principle for Non-local Operators

It is well known that scale invariant boundary Harnack inequality holds for Laplacian \Delta on uniform domains and holds for fractional Laplacians \Delta^s on any open sets. It has been an open problem whether the scale-invariant boundary Harnack inequality holds on bounded Lipschitz domains for Levy processes with Gaussian components such as the independent sum of a Brownian motion and an isotropic stable process (which corresponds to \Delta + \Delta^s).

In this talk, after an introduction of boundary Harnack inequality and some of its history, I will present a necessary and sufficient condition for the scale-invariant boundary Harnack inequality to hold for a class of non-local operators on metric measure spaces. This result will then be applied to give a sufficient geometric condition for the scale-invariant boundary Harnack inequality to hold for subordinate Brownian motion on bounded Lipschitz domains in Euclidean spaces. This condition is almost optimal and a counterexample will be given showing that the scale-invariant BHP may fail on some bounded Lipschitz domains with large Lipschitz constants. Based on joint work with Jie-Ming Wang.