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Stochastic Homogenization for Reaction-Diffusion Equations

Jessica Lin, McGill University
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm
PDL C-401

One way of modeling phenomena in ''typical" physical settings is to study PDEs in random environments. The subject of stochastic homogenization is concerned with identifying the asymptotic behavior of solutions to PDEs with random coefficients. Specifically, we are interested in the following: if the random effects are microscopic compared to the lengthscale at which we observe the phenomena, can we predict the behavior which takes place on average? For certain models of PDEs and under suitable hypotheses on the environment, the answer is affirmative. In this talk, I will focus on the stochastic homogenization for reaction-diffusion equations. In the large-scale-large-time limit, the behavior of typical solutions is governed by a simple deterministic Hamilton-Jacobi equation modeling front propagation. Such models are relevant for predicting the evolution of a population or the spread of a fire in a heterogeneous medium. This talk is based on joint work with Andrej Zlatos.