Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Department of Mathematics ============================================ PDE AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS SEMINAR ============================================ DATE: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 SPEAKER: Jonathan Ben-Artzi (Brown University) TITLE: Linear instability of the Relativistic Vlasov-Maxwell system PLACE: Room 814, Amado Mathematics Building, Technion TIME: 14:30 Abstract. We consider the Relativistic Vlasov-Maxwell system of equations which describes the evolution of a collisionless relativistic plasma. We show that under rather general conditions, one can test for linear instability by checking the spectral properties of Schrodinger-type operators that act only on the spatial variable, not the full phase space. This extends previous results that show linear and nonlinear stability and instability in more restrictive settings. For further info: Gershon Wolansky <gershonw@math.technion.ac.il> For past and future Applied Math/PDE seminars: <http://www.math.technion.ac.il/pde/seminar.html> --------------------------------------------------------- Technion Math. Net (TECHMATH) Editor: Michael Cwikel <techm@math.technion.ac.il> Announcement from: Gershon Wolansky <gershonw@math.technion.ac.il>