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Beyond the Hoermander condition

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  • UserMichela Ottobre, Heriot Watt University
  • ClockMonday 19 March 2018, 16:30-17:30
  • HouseCMS, MR13.

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In 1968 Hormander introduced a sufficient condition to ensure hypoellipticity of second order partial differential operators. As is well known, this seminal work of Hoermander had deep repercussions both in the analysis of PDEs and in probability theory. In this talk we will first review the Hormander condition by an analytical, probabilistic and geometric perspective. We then present the UFG condition, which is weaker than the Hormander condition. Such a condition was introduced by Kusuoka and Strook in the eighties. In particular, Kusuoka and Strook showed that it is still possible to build a solid PDE theory for diffusion semigroups even in absence of the Hormander condition. We will therefore come to explain the significance of the UFG condition by various perspectives, and present new results (the first of this type to the best of our knowledge) on the geometry and long time behaviour of diffusion semigroups that do not satisfy the Hoermander condition. This is a joint work with P. Dobson, D. Crisan and T. Cass.

This talk is part of the Partial Differential Equations seminar series.

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