Smith Colloquium

October 4, 2018

Helge Kristian Jenssen, Penn State University

Title: Radial Similarity Flows for the Compressible Euler System

Abstract: The compressible Euler system provides the default model for inviscid gas flow. While routinely used in simulations, a proper mathematical understanding currently appears beyond reach. Radial similarity flows offer a rare instance where concrete flows can be studied in detail. The talk will concentrate on two cases: flows with focussing shocks and cavities. Due to their relevance for bomb-making and inertial confinement fusion, such solutions have been investigated extensively in the applied literature. They are of theoretical interest as they provide examples of unbounded amplitudes (velocity, pressure, temperature). We will outline the current mathematical understanding of these blowup solutions.

Smith Colloquium Spring 2018