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Mathematics Colloquium


Date:  Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Title:  Non-homogeneous harmonic analysis and Geometric Measure Theory.

Abstract:  One of the goals of harmonic analysis is to study singular integrals. Singular integrals are ubiquitous objects in PDEs, Mathematical Physics, and as it turned out recently, play an important part in Geometric Measure Theory. They have various degrees of singularity, and the simplest ones are called Calder\on--Zygmund operators. Their theory was completed in the 50's by Zygmund and Calder\on. Or it seemed like that. The last 20 years saw the need to consider CZ operators in a very bad environment, so kernels are still very good, but the ambient set has no regularity whatsoever. Thus non-homogeneous harmonic analysis was needed. Initially such situations appeared from the wish to solve some outstanding problems in complex analysis: such as Painlev\'e's, Ahlfors', Denjoy's and Vitushkin's problems. But recently it turned out that the non-homogeneous harmonic analysis (=the analysis of CZ operators on very bad sets and measures) is also very fruitful in the part of Geometric Measure Theory that deals with rectifiability, and also helps a lot to understand the geometry of harmonyc measure. The research on the geometric properties of harmonic measures was pioneered in the U. of M. in the 60-70's by George Piranian, and came to fruition in the later works (80-90's) by Lennart Carleson, Nikolai Makarov, Jean Bourgain, Peter Jones and Tom Wolff. But most of the results concerned the structure of harmonic measure of planar domains. As an example of the use of non-homogeneous harmonic analysis, we will show how it allows us to understand very fine property of harmonic measure of any domain in any dimension.

Speaker:  Alexander Volberg
Institution:  Michigan State University


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