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Math Colloquium: A new approach to the mean-field limit of Vlasov-Fokker-Planck equations

Author: Lona | Image: Lona

Speaker: Pierre-Emmanuel Jabin, Penn State


Abstract: “We introduces a novel approach to the mean-field limit of stochastic systems of interacting particles, leading to the first ever derivation of the mean-field limit to the Vlasov-Poisson-Fokker-Planck system for plasmas in dimension 2 together with a partial result in dimension 3. The method is broadly compatible with second order systems that lead to kinetic equations and it relies on novel estimates on the BBGKY hierarchy. By taking advantage of the diffusion in velocity, those estimates bound weighted L p norms of the marginals or observables of the system, uniformly in the number of particles. This allows to qualitatively derive the mean-field limit for very singular interaction kernels between the particles, including repulsive Poisson interactions, together with quantitative estimates for a general kernel in L^2. This is a joint work with D. Bresch and J. Soler.”