Research journey to Lyon

Thanks to his LMS Scheme 3 grant worth £1200, Baptiste enjoyed a two weeks stay in Lyon from November 10 to 25. Baptiste worked with his collaborator Francesco Fanelli on a new project that aims to explore the question of the inviscid limit for some hydrodynamical equations – as the Euler equation with variable density – in the wake of the important work of Jacob Bedrossian and Nader Masmoudi on Euler equations. This project lies mathematically at the intersection of Baptiste’s line of research on Gevrey regularity and Francesco’s knowledge on hydrodynamical systems.

Baptiste was also invited to the Analysis Seminar of Besançon and gave a talk on weakly hyperbolic systems. The audience was very interested by this subject and raised many interesting questions. It may be the sign that Baptiste will go back to Besançon in the near future!

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship Success

Jonathan Ben-Artzi and Junyong Zhang have been awarded a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship which will commence on 1 July 2018 for a period of two years. Their project, entitled “Geometric Analysis of Dilute Plasmas” (GRANDPA), will focus on studying regularity theory and long-time behavior of plasmas governed by the Vlasov-Maxwell system. The abstract reads:

“The ultimate goal of this Fellowship is to understand the long time behaviour of plasmas governed by the relativistic Vlasov- Maxwell system (RVM). The main difficulty is the hyperbolic nature of Maxwell’s equations (the electromagnetic fields propagate at the speed of light): particles that travel close to the speed of light nearly interact with their own fields. It is not currently known whether particles can be accelerated to such speeds, and, if so, whether this necessarily leads to development of singularities. This is a major open problem.”


The combined expertise of Jonathan and Junyong in kinetic theory and in dispersive equations played a central role in the success of this application. The total value of the award is €195,455.