Microlocal Analysis and Applications

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Fudan University 
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Jared Wunsch 


Microlocal analysis originated in the 1950s from the use of Fourier transform techniques in the study of variable-coefficient PDEs; its intellectual roots lie in geometric optics and the WKB approximation. The field took on a coherent identity starting in the 1960s with the development of pseudodifferential and, later, Fourier integral operators as fundamental tools. Since then, microlocal analysis has seen a remarkable variety of applications across pure and applied mathematics and physics. Within the last several years, the field has witnessed both striking breakthroughs on known microlocal problems and spectacular new results in areas where microlocal analysis had not previously been viewed as a natural tool. The conference will explore applications in areas as diverse as inverse problems, general relativity, classical dynamics, and quantum chaos, and should be of interest to researchers in many areas of PDE, geometry, and mathematical physics.

The conference will be preceded by a two-day minicourse on June 14-15, aimed at postdocs and advanced graduate students, offering a crash mini-course in the foundations of microlocal analysis, as well as an introduction to its applications in inverse problems, spectral theory, and evolution equations.

his event is funded by the China National Natural Science Foundation and the Shanghai Center for Mathematical Sciences. Some financial support for lodging will be available for junior participants. Some funding is available from the US NSF for partial support of travel and lodging for junior US participants. Priority for support will be given to graduate students and recent PhDs. Women mathematicians and members of other under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply for support.


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