Nov 29, 2018
Allen Hall 411
Title: Codimension One Minimizers of Highly Amphiphilic Mixtures
Speaker: Prof. Shibin Dai, Department of Mathematics, University of Alabama
Abstract: We present a modified form of the Functionalized Cahn Hilliard (FCH) functional which models highly amphiphilic systems in solvent. A molecule is highly amphiphilic if the energy of a molecule isolated within the bulk solvent molecule is prohibitively high. For such systems once the amphiphilic molecules assemble into a structure it is very rare for a molecule to exchange back into the bulk. The highly amphiphilic FCH functional has a well with limited smoothness and admits compactly supported critical points. In the limit of molecular length $\epsilon$ approaching zero, we consider sequences with bounded energy whose support resides within an $\epsilon$-neighborhood of a fixed codimension one interface. We show that the FCH energy is uniformly bounded below, independent of $\epsilon>0$, and identify assumptions on tangential variation of sequences that guarantee the existence of subsequences that converge to a weak solution of a rescaled bilayer profile equation, and show that sequences with limited tangential variation enjoy a liminf inequality. For fixed codimension one interfaces we construct bounded energy sequences which converge to the bilayer profile and others with larger tangential variation which do not converge to the bilayer profile but whose limiting energy can violate the liminf inequality, depending upon the energy parameters.
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