On this website we give an overview of some topics that we are interested in and some problems that we are working on. Please feel free to explore several directions of our research in different sub-menus of this website. The list of publications is available here.

Overall research according to EPSRC

Some of our research interests (and possible Ph.D. projects) fall into the following categories:

Partial differential equations (PDEs)

Research on PDEs

We are interested in various questions concerning the theory of linear and nonlinear evolution partial differential equations. These include

Smoothing estimates for evolution PDEs

Many evolution PDEs have so-called smoothing properties. It roughly means that, when averaged with respect to time, their solutions become more regular. This topic has many very interesting relations to the harmonic analysis and spectral theory, as well as to the well-posedness questions for nonlinear PDEs. Examples of equations are hyperbolic equations (such as the wave equation, Klein-Gordon equation, dissipative wave equations, as well as coupled equations and systems), Schrodinger, KdV, and many others.

Our research in this direction includes the critical case of the Agmon-Hörmander limiting absorption principle, the critical cases of Ben-Artzi-Klainerman and Kato-Yajima smoothing estimates for the Schrodinger and other equations, and estimates for norms for the critical cases of the trace theorems. As an application, new global in time well-posedness results for the derivative nonlinear Schrodinger equations have been obtained.

Moreover, extending the works by Ben-Artzi and Devinatz, Constantin and Saut, Kenig, Ponce and Vega, and many other authors, in a series of papers with Sugimoto we established a number of new smoothing estimates, and, more importantly, by introducing new methods of canonical transforms and comparison principles for evolution equations, we showed that essentially all known smoothing estimates for a variety of a-priori unrelated evolution equations, are equivalent to each other and can be obtained one from another (for example, the gain of half derivative for the Schrodinger equation can be obtained from the gain of one derivative for the KdV equation, etc.).

Our further work in this direction includes the extension of ideas of canonical transforms and comparison principles to evolution equations with potentials and to equations with variable coefficients (in particular, the interesting case is equations with potentials, also allowing resonances at zero, which is a joint research with Matania Ben-Artzi and Mitsuru Sugimoto).

Regularity, dispersive and Strichartz estimates for hyperbolic PDEs

Again, these are one of the main tools for the analysis of nonlinear PDEs. The analysis here relies on the asymptotic properties and decay rates of solutions to linear equations. The methods involve various estimates for so-called Fourier integral operators, which is a class of operators of great interest by themselves. Especially interesting and challenging are higher order equations or systems of equations, with multiple characteristics.

We are also interested in applications of such analysis (e.g. to Kirchhoff equations), as well as in their nonlinear perturbations and scattering theory. A comprehensive analysis of dispersive estimates for hyperbolic equations of higher orders with constant coefficients and for hyperbolic systems is carried out in the memoir

Ruzhansky M., Smith J., Dispersive and Strichartz estimates for hyperbolic equations with constant coefficients, MSJ Memoirs, 22, Mathematical Society of Japan, Tokyo, 2010. (157pp)

The main difficulties here is the appearance of multiple characteristics of general form and the results include the time decay estimates for different frequency zones (large frequencies, small frequencies, frequencies around multiplicities, etc.) A certain geometric index is associated to each equation, and the dispersive and Strichartz estimates are obtained depending on this index, with the corresponding global in time well-posedness results for hyperbolic equations. The results are applied to Grad systems of gas dynamics (which are hyperbolic systems of large size depending on the number of moments), and to the infinite dimensional systems appearing in the analysis of the Fokker-Planck equations. In a series of papers with T. Matsuyama and J. Wirth the results are extended to equations and systems with time-dependent coefficients, with the main application to the Kirchhoff equations. The current research deals with equations with variable coefficients and the corresponding geometric analysis. In particular, in this direction can be mentioned the joint work with I. Kamotski where Sobolev space estimates were established for a general class of hyperbolic systems with variable multiplicities and the Weyl spectral asymptotics for the corresponding elliptic systems (also with variable multiplicities) have been obtained.

Microlocal and harmonic analysis

Microlocal analysis can be viewed as an extension of the Fourier analysis for the study of partial differential operators. It allows describing various properties of operators and functions, such as the propagation and location of singularities, questions of regularity, smoothness, etc. I am mainly interested in questions related to the so-called Fourier integral operators which is a fascinating class of operators that has relations to many other areas of mathematics such as symplectic geometry, harmonic analysis, spectral theory, PDEs, etc. Harmonic analysis aspects of interest to me are their properties in Sobolev, modulation, Wiener amalgam, and other function spaces.

Our results in this direction include the geometric analysis of the smooth factorization condition for the Lp boundedness of Fourier integral operators introduces by Seeger, Sogge, and Stein. Their Lp results for Fourier integral operators with real-valued phases as well as the L2 results for Fourier integral operators with complex-valued phases of Melin and Sjostrand, and Hormander have been extended to the Lp estimates for Fourier integral operators with complex-valued phases in the monograph

Ruzhansky, M. Regularity theory of Fourier integral operators with complex phases and singularities of affine fibrations, CWI Tracts, vol. 131, Amsterdam, 2001. (136 pp)

Recently we came back to this topic in the global setting (partly motivated by the method of the canonical transforms for the smoothing estimates), and the results include the global (and weighted) L2 and Sobolev spaces results on the boundedness of Fourier integral operators and the global calculus for such operators under minimal decay assumptions (jointly with M. Sugimoto), global Lp results and the determination of weights for the global Lp estimates for Fourier integral operators (jointly with S. Coriasco), as well as results on the Beurling-Helsons theorems for modulation and Wiener amalgam spaces and their relation to Fourier integral operators (joint with M. Sugimoto, N. Tomita, and J. Toft). Another result in this direction, motivated by applications to dispersive estimates, in the multi-dimensional van der Corput lemma for oscillatory integrals (allowing complex phases and the dependence of parameters), obtaining the multi-dimensional decay rate for degenerate stationary points, thus bridging the gap between the one-dimensional decay rate in the classical van der Corput lemma and the multi-dimensional decay rate for non-degenerate stationary points provided by the stationary phase method.

Pseudo-differential operators on Lie groups and manifolds

Research on quantization theories

We are interested in the theory of pseudo-differential operators on spaces with symmetries, such as Lie groups, symmetric, and homogeneous spaces, as well as more general manifolds. The simplest case of a compact commutative Lie group is a torus (even a circle) and the Fourier analysis of operators there is already very interesting. Here a global theory of operators on such manifolds is of particular importance since it allows to capture many geometric and other underlying algebraic properties of the manifold (a Lie group), and to relate them to various properties of operators. Some of our work in this area can be found in

Ruzhansky, V. Turunen, Pseudo-differential operators and symmetries, Birkhauser, 2010. (724pp) extracts

This work is also closely related to the area of Time-Frequency Analysis

The work in this direction was joint with V. Turunen, and the main result here is the development of the global quantisation of operators on compact Lie groups and homogeneous spaces yielding globally defined matrix-valued full symbols and their calculus. Many properties of operators can be expressed in terms of these symbols, and the knowledge of the full symbols allows one to formulate manifold counterparts of well-known results on Rn that require the knowledge of the full symbols (such as the sharp Garding inequality, etc., which require the knowledge of the full symbol, while the standard theory of pseudo-differential operators via localisations yields essentially only the principal symbols with an invariant global interpretation). The obtained characterisation of the standard Hormander classes of pseudo-differential operators on manifolds also allowed us to construct liftings of pseudo-differential operators from the homogeneous space to a Lie group acting on it, thus extending the corresponding constructions well-known for invariant differential operators, to the full pseudo-differential setting. The corresponding matrix-valued quantisation of operators on S3=~SU(2) has been also linked to the explicit representation theory of SU(2) and several related physical quantities (such as quantum numbers, Pauli matrices, etc.)

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