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Volume 4, Issue 3, 2007, pp. 2035–2078
DOI: 10.4171/OWR/2007/35

Published online: 2008-06-30

Partielle Differentialgleichungen

Thomas Ilmanen[1], Reiner Schätzle[2] and Neil S. Trudinger[3]

(1) ETH Zürich, Switzerland
(2) Universität Tübingen, Germany
(3) Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

The workshop {\it Partial differential equations}, organised by Tom Ilmanen (ETH Z\"urich), Reiner Sch\"atzle (Universit\"at T\"ubingen) and Neil Trudinger (Australian National University Canberra) was held July 22-28, 2007. This meeting was well attended by 50 participants, including 6 females, with broad geographic reprensentation. The program consisted of 19 talks and 3 shorter contributions and left sufficient time for discussions.

One focus was the combination of nonlinear partial differential equations and geometric problems. There were talks on monotonicity formulas in presence of degenerate singularities and on estimates of the singular set for branched minimal immersions. One striking new result was the proof of the diffeomorphic sphere theorem by the use of Ricci flow.

Many leading experts in the regularity of elliptic and variational problems and in fully nonlinear differential equations occuring in optimal transport and in Hessian equations attended the workshop. Several main contributions were given to this subject. Here, we mention the proof of interior estimates for quadratic Hessian equations in three dimensions, which has been an open problem for several years of similar relevance as the gradient estimates for the minimal surface equation.

New results were also presented for the Willmore functional. It was achieved to write the Euler-Lagrange equation in divergence form, and the existence of minimizers in fixed conformal classes with certain energy bounds were obtained.

The organisers and the participants are grateful to the Oberwolfach Institute for presenting the opportunity and the resources to arrange this interesting meeting.

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Ilmanen Thomas, Schätzle Reiner, Trudinger Neil: Partielle Differentialgleichungen. Oberwolfach Rep. 4 (2007), 2035-2078. doi: 10.4171/OWR/2007/35