Nonlocal equations from various perspectives - lecture 1

Enrico Valdinoci
Mon, Jun 13, 2016
PIMS, University of British Columbia
PIMS Workshop on Nonlocal Variational Problems and PDEs
We would like to give a detailed presentation of some equations which exhibit some nonlocal phenomena. Often, the nonlocal effect is modelled by a diffusive operator which is (in some sense) elliptic and fractional. Natural example arise from probability, geometry, quantum physics, phase transition theory and crystal dislocation dynamics. We will try to discuss some of the mathematical tools that are useful to deal with these problems, explain in detail some of the main motivations, describe some recent results on these topics and list some open problems.