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Robert Jerrard - University of Toronto, Department of Mathematics. Toronto, ON, CA

Robert Jerrard

Professor | University of Toronto, Department of Mathematics

Toronto, ON, CANADA

Professor Jerrad's research focuses on nonlinear partial differential equations

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Research Interests (2)

Calculus of Variations

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations

Articles (5)

On the vortex filament conjecture for Euler flows


2016 In this paper, we study the evolution of a vortex filament in an incompressible ideal fluid. Under the assumption that the vorticity is concentrated along a smooth curve in $\ mathbb {R}^ 3$, we prove that the curve evolves to leading order by binormal curvature flow.

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Weighted TV minimization and applications to vortex density models


2015 Motivated in part by models arising from mathematical descriptions of Bose-Einstein condensation, we consider total variation minimization problems in which the total variation is weighted by a function that may degenerate near the domain boundary, and the fidelity term contains a weight that may be both degenerate and singular. We develop a general theory for a class of such problems, with special attention to the examples arising from physical models.

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Accelerating fronts in semilinear wave equations

Rendiconti del Circolo Matematico di Palermo

2015 We study dynamics of interfaces in solutions of the equation ε□u+1εfε(u)=0ε◻u+1εfε(u)=0, for fεfε of the form fε(u)=(u2−1)(2u−εκ)fε(u)=(u2−1)(2u−εκ), for κ∈Rκ∈R, as well as more general, but qualitatively similar, nonlinearities. We prove that for suitable initial data, solutions exhibit interfaces that sweep out timelike hypersurfaces of mean curvature proportional to κκ.

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Hydrodynamic limit of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation

Communications in Partial Differential Equations

2015 We study dynamics of vortices in solutions of the Gross-Pitaevskii equation i∂ tu= Δ u+ ϵ− 2 u (1−| u| 2) on ℝ2 with nonzero degree at infinity. We prove that vortices move according to the classical Kirchhoff-Onsager ODE for a small but finite coupling parameter ϵ.

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On the regularity of timelike extremal surfaces

Communications in Contemporary Mathematics

2015 We study a class of timelike weakly extremal surfaces in flat Minkowski space ℝ1+ n, characterized by the fact that they admit a C1 parametrization (in general not an immersion) of a specific form. We prove that if the distinguished parametrization is of class Ck, then the surface is regularly immersed away from a closed singular set of Euclidean Hausdorff dimension at most 1+ 1/k, and that this bound is sharp.

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