RTG Member’s AIM Square Project

RTG group members Yaiza Canzani and Jeremy Marzuola recently returned from their last week-long SQuaRE (Structured Quartet Research Ensembles) at the the American Institute of Mathematics in San Jose, CA.  The two RTG members, along with their collaborators Greg Berkolaiko and Graham Cox began this journey in 2018, when their original collaborative proposal was approved by this NSF funded institute that specializes in bringing small groups together for focused collaboration.  Each team is approved for three annual meetings to solidify the collaboration and allow for deeper discussions over a long period of time.  The team has been working on projects related to properties of eigenfunctions in a variety of settings, as well as on the notion of equipartition for domains and manifolds.  They have found beautiful connections between properties of spectral equipartitions and the corresponding Dirichlet-to-Neumann map for the given partition.

Research roundup

We will regularly announce newly posted articles and newly accepted articles within the group.  We are proud to announce the following updates from the past few months.

Arunima Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor

    • Newly posted: J. Bernstein and A. Bhattacharya: Colding-Minicozzi Entropies in Cartan-Hadamard Manifolds
    • Upcoming invited talk: Geometric Analysis Seminar, University of Chicago (February 2023)
    • Upcoming invited talk: Gauge Theory, Geometric Analysis, and Low-Dimensional Topology, Special Session of an AMS Sectional Virtual Meeting (April 2023)
    • Upcoming invited talk: Geometric and Analytic Methods in PDE, Special Session of an AMS Sectional Meeting (April 2023).
    • Upcoming invited talk: Differential Geometry/PDE Seminar, University of Washington (May 2023).

Madelyne Brown, Graduate Student

    • Presentation: Analysis Seminar, University of Rochester (September 30, 2022)
    • Presentation: Analysis Seminar, University of Wisconsin (October 18, 2022)
    • Attended the Chern-Weil Symposium at the University of Chicago (October 7-9, 2022)
    • Upcoming invited talk:  Analysis and PDE Seminar, Johns Hopkins University (March 6, 2023)

Yaiza Canzani, Associate Professor

    • Newly posted:  Y. Canzani, J. Galkowski, and B. Keeler (former UNC graduate student): Asymptotics for the spectral function on Zoll manifolds.
    • Newly accepted: Y. Canzani and J. Galkowski: Weyl remainders: an application of geodesic beams.  Invent. Math., to appear.
    • Presentation: Münich-Aahrus-Santiago Seminar in Mathematical Physics (virtual) (December 5, 2022)
    • Upcoming invited talk: Geometria em Lisboa Semina (virtual) (January 17, 2023)
    • Upcoming invited talk: Analysis Seminar, Princeton University (February 20, 2023)
    • Upcoming invited talk: Spectral Geometry in the Clouds Seminar (virtual) (March 6, 2023)

Hans Christianson, Professor

Jeremy Marzuola, Professor

Jason MetcalfeProfessor

    • Newly accepted: J. Metcalfe and T. Rhoads (former UNC graduate student): Long-time existence for systems of quasilinear wave equations. Matematica, to appear.
    • Newly accepted: M. Facci (former UNC undergraduate student and current UNC graduate student), A. McEntarffer (former UNC undergraduate student), and J. Metcalfe: An r^p-weighted local energy approach to global existence for null form semilinear wave equations.  Involve, to appear.
    • Presentation: Analysis Seminar, University of New Mexico (virtual) (October 2022)

Casey Rodriguez, Assistant Professor

Michael Taylor, William R. Kenan Distinguished Professor

Jian Wang, Postdoctoral Fellow


Welcome Arunima Bhattacharya

We are excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Arunima Bhattacharya.  Arunima earned her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Oregon where she worked with Micah Warren.  She subsequently held postdoctoral positions at the University of Washington and SLMath.  Her research focuses on geometric analysis and nonlinear PDE.  Her office will be PH304A.  Please join us in welcoming Arunima to the department and to the group.

Developmental Training Groups

The first year of the Developmental Training Group, which was designed and led by Yaiza Canzani, just wrapped up.  This led to eight applications by students for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.  This is more than double the number of applications that is typical.  The students were surveyed and the program received unanimous praise.  We are very proud of the work of Yaiza and the students and are looking forward to the results of the applications.

2023 Brauer Lectures by Carlos Kenig

We are delighted to announce the return of the Brauer lectures within the Department of Mathematics at UNC.  The 2023 lectures will be given by Carlos Kenig, Louis Block Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago.

Carlos earned his PhD at the University of Chicago in 1978 under the direction of Alberto Calderon.  After holding positions at Princeton and Minnesota, he returned to the University of Chicago in 1985.  Carlos’s recognitions include the Salem Prize (1984), the Bocher Prize (2008), three time ICM speaker (1986, 2002, 2010), elected member of the National Academy of Sciences (2014), and current President of the International Mathematical Union.  Carlos is an expert in harmonic analysis and partial differential equations, and he is an excellent expositor and lecturer for both specialized and general audiences.

The lectures will take place February 6-8, 2023.  And the titles of the talks are:

  • Lecture 1: Asymptotic simplification for solutions of nonlinear wave equations
  • Lecture 2: Wave maps into the sphere
  • Lecture 3: Soliton resolution and channels of energy

Stay tuned to the Events page for more specifics on the times and locations of the lectures.

Local AWM events

The local chapter of the AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) is holding a number of fascinating events.  We want to encourage all of our group to participate.  See https://math.unc.edu/events/awm-lecture/.  This evening’s event (Monday, October 24) is a panel discussion on jobs for mathematicians outside of academia.  There is an upcoming panel on REU opportunities.  Both of these are outstanding opportunities.

Maddie Brown’s summer work

We want to proudly highlight some of the summer work of Maddie Brown, one of our graduate students.  In addition to speaking in Bonn at the Young Women in Geometric Analysis conference and the CMS Summer Meeting in Newfoundland, she attended the Harmonic Analysis and Waves conference in Seattle and participated in the Harmonic Analysis on Manifolds Summer School in Madison.  Moreover, she volunteered as a mentor at the University of Michigan – Dearborn REU site where she led projects with Yunus Zeytuncu on Spectral Theory and CR Geometry.

We congratulate Maddie on spectacularly productive and engaged summer.

Academic Job Search Panel

The RTG invites the graduate students within UNC’s Department of Mathematics to an informal discussion on First Academic Job Searches.  We’ll field questions about the types of positions, planning for your job applications, how to prepare materials, etc.
We’ll meet on Tuesday, September 27, 3:30pm in PH332. This invitation is for all graduate students within the department.  Students from any discipline within the department are welcome.  Students not completing your degree this year are encouraged to attend to learn what to expect in the future.

Spring 2023 Topics Course

Jeremy Marzuola will offer a Graduate Topics Course (Math 891) in Spring 2023.  It will be titled: Stability of Nonlinear States in Evolution Equations.  We encourage you to enroll / watch for the course (after its completion) on the upcoming Online Topics Course Collaborative.

Description: We cover existence theory for nonlinear states in a variety of nonlinear evolution equations: 1. Dispersive models such as Korteweg-de Vries; nonlinear Schrödinger or Gross-Pitaevski, Dirac and Klein-Gordon equations, as well as other models like Density Functional Theory in quantum mechanics, Dispersion Managed models from optics, Wave and Schrödinger Maps, Schrödinger-Coulomb models, models from weak turbulence, etc.; and 2. Parabolic models such as Ginzburg-Landau equations, thin-films, and models from material science.  While these may seem disparate and unrelated, we will see that in many cases finding stationary states for such models follows from similar tools.  We will consider the existence of nonlinear states from the point of view of ode theory, the calculus of variations, and by using bifurcation theory in function spaces applied to a number of examples.  We will also introduce some numerical schemes for locating these states and discuss their convergence properties. Then, we will discuss aspects of spectral stability and address this question in a variety of examples.  Since the linearized operators around these states are non-self-adjoint, the analysis of these operators can be rather challenging, but we will consider several representative examples to identify key ideas.  In particular, we will address issues surrounding existence of stable and unstable eigenvalues, quantifying the null-space, and existence/non-existence of embedded eigenvalues.  Then, given time, we will then discuss the notions of orbital and asymptotic stability and dynamics, and how they relate to dynamical properties of the corresponding evolution equations.  Throughout we will present open problems that might be of interest for young researchers and focus on insightful computations.