Summer Meeting 2008



Bùi Bội Minh Anh (State University of New York at Buffalo, ambuiboi at

Lê Hoàng Long (University of Central Arkansas, longl at

Trần Tấn Quốc (University of Wisconsin, Madison, tran at

Nguyễn Trọng Toán (Indiana University, nguyentt at

Phan Văn Tuộc (University of British Columbia, phan at

Trương Trung Tuyến (Indiana University, truongt at

Huỳnh Quang Vũ (ĐHKHTN TPHCM, hqvu at


13 July 2008


F102, ĐHKHTN TPHCM, 227 Nguyễn Văn Cừ, District 5


There is a seminar by Trương Trung Tuyến and short courses by Lê Dũng, Phạm Xuân Dự, Nguyễn Hoài Minh, Nguyễn Công Phúc. 





8:00 ‒ 8:45



9:00 ‒ 9:50

Lê Dũng

Strongly coupled elliptic and parabolic systems and related questions

10:05 ‒ 10:55

Nguyễn Xuân Hùng
A dual analysis for mechanics problems

11:10 ‒ 12:00

Nguyễn Hoàng Lộc

On positive solutions of quasilinear elliptic equations

12:00 ‒



13:30 ‒ 14:20

Nguyễn Công Phúc

Singular quasilinear and Hessian equations and inequalities

14:35 ‒ 15:15

Lê Quang Nẫm

A Gamma-Convergence Approach to the Cahn-Hilliard Equation

15:30 ‒ 18:00


18:30 ‒



In attendance there were Lê Tự Quốc Thắng (Georgia Institute of Technology), Nguyễn Hoài Minh (Rutgers Univ.), Nguyễn Lê Lực (Rutgers Univ.).


Nguyễn Xuân Hùng

A dual analysis for mechanics problems

This report revises briefly the application of the dual analysis concept to elasticity problems. In this method, a same problem is analyzed simultaneously by a displacement and an equilibrium model. The energetic distance between these two models is the sum of both global errors and consequently, an upper bound of each of them. After an exposition of the two models, numerical examples are illustrated, which show the high obtainable accuracy of the method.

Keywords: equilibrium element, conforming element, dual analysis


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Nguyễn Hoàng Lộc

On positive solutions of quasilinear elliptic equations

In 1981 Peter Hess established a multiplicity result for solutions of boundary value problems for nonlinear perturbations of the Laplace operator. The sufficient conditions given were later shown to be also necessary by Dancer and Schmitt. In this work we show that similar (and slightly more general) results hold when the Laplace operator is replaced by the p− Laplacian.


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[3] V. K. Le and K. Schmitt, Some general concepts of sub-supersolutions for nonlinear elliptic problems, Topological Methods in Nonlinear Analysis, 28 (2006), pp. 87–103.

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Nguyễn Công Phúc

Singular quasilinear and Hessian equations and inequalities

We give complete characterizations for the solvability of the following quasilinear and Hessian equations:

−∆p u =σuq+ ω, F k[−u] = σuq+ ω, u≥0

on a domain Ω ⊂ R . Here ∆p is the p-Laplacian, F k[u] is the k- Hessian, and σ, ω are given nonnegative measurable functions (or measures) on Ω. Our results give a complete answer to a problem posed by Bidaut-Ve ́ron in the case σ ≡ 1, and extend earlier results due to Kalton and Verbitsky, Brezis and Cabre ́ for general σ to nonlinear operators.

This talk is based on joint work with Igor E. Verbitsky.