To understand the interplay between different physical effects one often needs to consider models involving several length scales. Moreover, it may be required to build up a hybrid model coupling different models such as quantum mechanics, discrete molecular dynamics, or continuum mechanics. The aim of mathematical modeling is the derivation of a combined model that is thermodynamically and mathematically well-posed. The analytical understanding of the couplings between the subsystems provides knowledge that can be used to derive stable numerical algorithms for the simulation of such systems.

Besides the homogenization of material with microstructures, it is of special importance to study the behavior of thin layers like interfaces or boundaries. In good cases the dynamics in such layers can be approximated by dimensionally reduced models, which need to be coupled to the variables in the bulk.

In this area WIAS is concerned with the following applications:

  • derivation of elastoplastic beam and plate models
  • homogenization of material models (also with plasticity and damage)
  • phase-field models and their sharp-interface limits
  • epitaxial growth of thin layers
  • evolution of thin liquid films
  • embedding of quantum dots, wires and film in semiconductor models
  • active interfaces in semiconductors (thin-film photovoltaics)
  • coupling of optics and carrier transport in lasers

Gamma-convergence methods for multiscale problems

Gamma-convergence is an indispensable tool in the derivation of effective descriptions of multiscale problems. While primarily developed for static minimization problems, at WIAS we aim to extend this method also to evolutionary problems. In particular, systems whose evolution is entirely driven by functionals, such as generalized gradient systems, are accessible for Gamma-convergence methods. E.g. in generalized gradient systems, an energy or entropy functional and a convex dissipation potential describe the time evolution of the system. Using De Giorgi's principle of curves of maximal slope, a scalar energy balance provides an equivalent formulation of the problem. This formulation is free of differentials or derivatives and it is possible to exploit the Gamma-convergence of the functionals to derive a limiting energy balance that desribes the effective system. However, it turns out that Gamma-convergence of the functionals alone is not sufficient in many cases. Stronger compatibility conditions are needed that guarantee the convergence of the multiscale solutions to their effective limit, see Mielke 2015.
Illustration of upscaling and semigroup convergence using evolutionary Gamma-convergence.

Highlights

Quantitative estimates for homogenization of reaction-diffusion equations

For material models with periodic microstructure, which comprise degenerating diffusion constants or jumps of the solutions across inner interfaces, new "recovery operators" are developed in Reichelt 2016. With these operators, the error between the microscopic and the homogenized (macroscopic) solution is quantitatively estimated in terms of the characteristic period length.

Publications

  Monographs

  • H.-Chr. Kaiser, D. Knees, A. Mielke, J. Rehberg, E. Rocca, M. Thomas, E. Valdinoci, eds., PDE 2015: Theory and Applications of Partial Differential Equations, 10 of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems -- Series S, American Institute of Mathematical Science, Springfield, 2017, IV+933 pages, (Collection Published).
    Abstract
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  • A. Mielke, Chapter 3: On Evolutionary $Gamma$-Convergence for Gradient Systems, in: Macroscopic and Large Scale Phenomena: Coarse Graining, Mean Field Limits and Ergodicity, A. Muntean, J.D.M. Rademacher, A. Zagaris, eds., 3 of Lecture Notes in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham, 2016, pp. 187--249, (Chapter Published).
    Abstract
    In these notes we discuss general approaches for rigorously deriving limits of generalized gradient flows. Our point of view is that a generalized gradient system is defined in terms of two functionals, namely the energy functional Eε and the dissipation potential Rε or the associated dissipation distance. We assume that the functionals depend on a small parameter and the associated gradients systems have solutions uε. We investigate the question under which conditions the limits u of (subsequences of) the solutions uε are solutions of the gradient system generated by the Γ-limits E0 and R0. Here the choice of the right topology will be crucial as well as additional structural conditions.
    We cover classical gradient systems, where Rε is quadratic, and rate-independent systems as well as the passage from viscous to rate-independent systems. Various examples, such as periodic homogenization, are used to illustrate the abstract concepts and results.

  • A. Mielke, Chapter 5: Variational Approaches and Methods for Dissipative Material Models with Multiple Scales, in: Analysis and Computation of Microstructure in Finite Plasticity, S. Conti, K. Hackl, eds., 78 of Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics, Springer International Publishing, Heidelberg et al., 2015, pp. 125--155, (Chapter Published).
    Abstract
    In a first part we consider evolutionary systems given as generalized gradient systems and discuss various variational principles that can be used to construct solutions for a given system or to derive the limit dynamics for multiscale problems. These multiscale limits are formulated in the theory of evolutionary Gamma-convergence. On the one hand we consider the a family of viscous gradient system with quadratic dissipation potentials and a wiggly energy landscape that converge to a rate-independent system. On the other hand we show how the concept of Balanced-Viscosity solution arise as in the vanishing-viscosity limit.
     
    As applications we discuss, first, the evolution of laminate microstructures in finite-strain elastoplasticity and, second, a two-phase model for shape-memory materials, where H-measures are used to construct the mutual recovery sequences needed in the existence theory.

  • A. Mielke, Chapter 21: Dissipative Quantum Mechanics Using GENERIC, in: Recent Trends in Dynamical Systems -- Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Jürgen Scheurle, A. Johann, H.-P. Kruse, F. Rupp, S. Schmitz, eds., 35 of Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, Springer, Basel et al., 2013, pp. 555--585, (Chapter Published).
    Abstract
    Pure quantum mechanics can be formulated as a Hamiltonian system in terms of the density matrix. Dissipative effects are modeled via coupling to a macroscopic system, where the coupling operators act via commutators. Following Öttinger (2010) we use the GENERIC framework (General Equations for Non-Equilibrium Reversible Irreversible Coupling) to construct thermodynamically consistent evolution equations as a sum of a Hamiltonian and a gradient-flow contribution, which satisfy a particular non-interaction condition. One of our models couples a quantum system to a finite number of heat baths each of which is described by a time-dependent temperature. The dissipation mechanism is modeled via the canonical correlation operator, which is the inverse of the Kubo-Mori metric for density matrices and which is strongly linked to the von Neumann entropy for quantum systems. Thus, one recovers the dissipative double-bracket operators of the Lindblad equations but encounters a correction term for the consistent coupling to the dissipative dynamics. For the finite-dimensional and isothermal case we provide a general existence result and discuss sufficient conditions that guarantee that all solutions converge to the unique thermal equilibrium state. Finally, we compare of our gradient flow formulation for quantum systems with the Wasserstein gradient flow formulation for the Fokker-Planck equation and the entropy gradient flow formulation for reversible Markov chains.

  • A. Mielke, ed., Analysis, Modeling and Simulation of Multiscale Problems, Springer, Berlin, 2006, xviii+697 pages, (Collection Published).

  Articles in Refereed Journals

  • S. Reichelt, Corrector estimates for a class of imperfect transmission problems, Asymptotic Analysis, 105 (2017), pp. 3--26, DOI 10.3233/ASY-171432 .
    Abstract
    Based on previous homogenization results for imperfect transmission problems in two-component domains with periodic microstructure, we derive quantitative estimates for the difference between the microscopic and macroscopic solution. This difference is of order ερ, where ε > 0 describes the periodicity of the microstructure and ρ ∈ (0 , ½] depends on the transmission condition at the interface between the two components. The corrector estimates are proved without assuming additional regularity for the local correctors using the periodic unfolding method.

  • A. Caiazzo, F. Caforio, G. Montecinos, L.O. Müller, P.J. Blanco, E.F. Toro, Assessment of reduced order Kalman filter for parameter identification in one-dimensional blood flow models using experimental data, International Journal of Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering, 33 (2017), pp. 1--26, DOI 10.1002/cnm.2843 .
    Abstract
    This work presents a detailed investigation of a parameter estimation approach based on the reduced order unscented Kalman filter (ROUKF) in the context of one-dimensional blood flow models. In particular, the main aims of this study are (i) to investigate the effect of using real measurements vs. synthetic data (i.e., numerical results of the same in silico model, perturbed with white noise) for the estimation and (ii) to identify potential difficulties and limitations of the approach in clinically realistic applications in order to assess the applicability of the filter to such setups. For these purposes, our numerical study is based on the in vitro model of the arterial network described by [Alastruey et al. 2011, J. Biomech. bf 44], for which experimental flow and pressure measurements are available at few selected locations. In order to mimic clinically relevant situations, we focus on the estimation of terminal resistances and arterial wall parameters related to vessel mechanics (Young's modulus and thickness) using few experimental observations (at most a single pressure or flow measurement per vessel). In all cases, we first perform a theoretical identifiability analysis based on the generalized sensitivity function, comparing then the results obtained with the ROUKF, using either synthetic or experimental data, to results obtained using reference parameters and to available measurements.

  • A. Mielke, C. Patz, Uniform asymptotic expansions for the infinite harmonic chain, Zeitschrift fur Analysis und ihre Anwendungen. Journal for Analysis and its Applications, 36 (2017), pp. 437--475, DOI 10.4171/ZAA/1596 .
    Abstract
    We study the dispersive behavior of waves in linear oscillator chains. We show that for general general dispersions it is possible to construct an expansion such that the remainder can be estimated by $1/t$ uniformly in space. In particalur we give precise asymptotics for the transition from the $1/t^1/2$ decay of nondegenerate wave numbers to the generate $1/t^1/3$ decay of generate wave numbers. This involves a careful description of the oscillatory integral involving the Airy function.

  • S. Heinz, A. Mielke, Existence, numerical convergence, and evolutionary relaxation for a rate-independent phase-transformation model, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A : Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences, 374 (2016), pp. 20150171/1--20150171/23.
    Abstract
    We revisit the two-well model for phase transformation in a linearly elastic body introduced and studied in A. Mielke, F. Theil, and V.I. Levita “A variational formulation of rate--independent phase transformations using an extremum principle", Arch. Rational Mech. Anal., 162, 137-177, 2002 ([MTL02]). This energetic rate-independent model is posed in terms of the elastic displacement and an internal variable that gives the phase portion of the second phase. We use a new approach based on mutual recovery sequences, which are adjusted to a suitable energy increment plus the associated dissipated energy and, thus, enable us to pass to the limit in the construction of energetic solutions. We give three distinct constructions of mutual recovery sequences which allow us (i) to generalize the existence result in [MTL02], (ii) to establish the convergence of suitable numerical approximations via space-time discretization, and (iii) to perform the evolutionary relaxation from the pure-state model to the relaxed mixture model. All these results rely on weak converge and involve the H-measure as an essential tool.

  • M. Korzec, A. Münch, E. Süli, B. Wagner, Anisotropy in wavelet based phase field models, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems. Series B. A Journal Bridging Mathematics and Sciences, 21 (2016), pp. 1167--1187.
    Abstract
    Anisotropy is an essential feature of phase-field models, in particular when describing the evolution of microstructures in solids. The symmetries of the crystalline phases are reflected in the interfacial energy by introducing corresponding directional dependencies in the gradient energy coefficients, which multiply the highest order derivative in the phase-field model. This paper instead considers an alternative approach, where the anisotropic gradient energy terms are replaced by a wavelet analogue that is intrinsically anisotropic and linear. In our studies we focus on the classical coupled temperature - Ginzburg-Landau type phase-field model for dendritic growth. For the resulting derivative-free wavelet analogue existence, uniqueness and continuous dependence on initial data for weak solutions is proved. The ability to capture dendritic growth similar to the results obtained from classical models is investigated numerically.

  • S. Reichelt, Error estimates for elliptic equations with not exactly periodic coefficients, Advances in Mathematical Sciences and Applications, 25 (2016), pp. 117--131.
    Abstract
    This note is devoted to the derivation of quantitative estimates for linear elliptic equations with coefficients that are not exactly ε-periodic and the ellipticity constant may degenerate for vanishing ε. Here ε>0 denotes the ratio between the microscopic and the macroscopic length scale. It is shown that for degenerating and non-degenerating coefficients the error between the original solution and the effective solution is of order √ε. Therefore suitable test functions are constructed via the periodic unfolding method and a gradient folding operator making only minimal additional assumptions on the given data and the effective solution with respect to the macroscopic scale.

  • A. Mielke, M.A. Peletier, D.R.M. Renger, A generalization of Onsager's reciprocity relations to gradient flows with nonlinear mobility, Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics, 41 (2016), pp. 141--149.
    Abstract
    Onsager's 1931 `reciprocity relations' result connects microscopic time-reversibility with a symmetry property of corresponding macroscopic evolution equations. Among the many consequences is a variational characterization of the macroscopic evolution equation as a gradient-flow, steepest-ascent, or maximal-entropy-production equation. Onsager's original theorem is limited to close-to-equilibrium situations, with a Gaussian invariant measure and a linear macroscopic evolution. In this paper we generalize this result beyond these limitations, and show how the microscopic time-reversibility leads to natural generalized symmetry conditions, which take the form of generalized gradient flows.

  • S. Yanchuk, L. Lücken, M. Wolfrum, A. Mielke, Spectrum and amplitude equations for scalar delay-differential equations with large delay, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 35 (2015), pp. 537--553.
    Abstract
    The subject of the paper are scalar delay-differential equations with large delay. Firstly, we describe the asymptotic properties of the spectrum of linear equations. Using these properties, we classify possible types of destabilization of steady states. In the limit of large delay, this classification is similar to the one for parabolic partial differential equations. We present a derivation and error estimates for amplitude equations, which describe universally the local behavior of scalar delay-differential equations close to the destabilization threshold.

  • A. Mielke, Deriving amplitude equations via evolutionary Gamma convergence, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 35 (2015), pp. 2679--2700.
    Abstract
    We discuss the justification of the Ginzburg-Landau equation with real coefficients as an amplitude equation for the weakly unstable one-dimensional Swift-Hohenberg equation. In contrast to classical justification approaches we employ the method of evolutionary Gamma convergence by reformulating both equations as gradient systems. Using a suitable linear transformation we show Gamma convergence of the associated energies in suitable function spaces. The limit passage of the time-dependent problem relies on the recent theory of evolutionary variational inequalities for families of uniformly convex functionals as developed by Daneri and Savaré 2010. In the case of a cubic energy it suffices that the initial conditions converge strongly in L2, while for the case of a quadratic nonlinearity we need to impose weak convergence in H1. However, we do not need wellpreparedness of the initial conditions.

  • C. Kreisbeck, L. Mascarenhas, Asymptotic spectral analysis in semiconductor nanowire heterostructures, Applicable Analysis. An International Journal, (published online on June 2, 2014), DOI 10.1080/00036811.2014.919052 .

  • P. Hornung, S. Neukamm, I. Velcic, Derivation of a homogenized nonlinear plate theory from 3D elasticity, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 51 (2014), pp. 677--699.

  • A. Mielke, S. Reichelt, M. Thomas, Two-scale homogenization of nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems with slow diffusion, Networks Heterogeneous Media, 9 (2014), pp. 353--382.
    Abstract
    We derive a two-scale homogenization limit for reaction-diffusion systems where for some species the diffusion length is of order 1 whereas for the other species the diffusion length is of the order of the periodic microstructure. Thus, in the limit the latter species will display diffusion only on the microscale but not on the macroscale. Because of this missing compactness, the nonlinear coupling through the reaction terms cannot be homogenized but needs to be treated on the two-scale level. In particular, we have to develop new error estimates to derive strong convergence results for passing to the limit.

  • S. Neukamm, I. Velcic, Derivation of a homogenized von-Kármán plate theory from 3D nonlinear elasticity, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, 23 (2013), pp. 2701--2748.
    Abstract
    We rigorously derive a homogenized von-Kármán plate theory as a Gamma-limit from nonlinear three-dimensional elasticity by combining homogenization and dimension reduction. Our starting point is an energy functional that describes a nonlinear elastic, three-dimensional plate with spatially periodic material properties. The functional features two small length scales: the period $epsilon$ of the elastic composite material, and the thickness h of the slender plate. We study the behavior as $epsilon$ and h simultaneously converge to zero in the von-Kármán scaling regime. The obtained limit is a homogenized von-Kármán plate model. Its effective material properties are determined by a relaxation formula that exposes a non-trivial coupling of the behavior of the out-of-plane displacement with the oscillatory behavior in the in-plane directions. In particular, the homogenized coefficients depend on the relative scaling between h and $epsilon$, and different values arise for h<<$epsilon$, $epsilon$   h and $epsilon$ << h.

  • M.A. Peletier, M. Renger, M. Veneroni, Variational formulation of the Fokker--Planck equation with decay: A particle approach, Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, 15 (2013), pp. 1350017/1--1350017/43.

  • A. Mielke, E. Rohan, Homogenization of elastic waves in fluid-saturated porous media using the Biot model, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, 23 (2013), pp. 873--916.
    Abstract
    We consider periodically heterogeneous fluid-saturated poroelastic media described by the Biot model with inertia effects. The weak and semistrong formulations for displacement, seepage and pressure fields involve three equations expressing the momentum and mass balance and the Darcy law. Using the two-scale homogenization method we obtain the limit two-scale problem and prove the existence and uniqueness of its weak solutions. The Laplace transformation in time is used to decouple the macroscopic and microscopic scales. It is shown that the seepage velocity is eliminated form the macroscopic equations involving strain and pressure fields only. The plane harmonic wave propagation is studied using an example of layered medium. Illustrations show some influence of the orthotropy on the dispersion phenomena.

  • A. Mielke, U. Stefanelli, Linearized plasticity is the evolutionary Gamma limit of finite plasticity, Journal of the European Mathematical Society (JEMS), 15 (2013), pp. 923--948.
    Abstract
    We provide a rigorous justification of the classical linearization approach in plasticity. By taking the small-deformations limit, we prove via Gamma-convergence for rate-independent processes that energetic solutions of the quasi-static finite-strain elastoplasticity system converge to the unique strong solution of linearized elastoplasticity

  • M. Liero, Th. Roche, Rigorous derivation of a plate theory in linear elastoplasticity via $Gamma$-convergence, NoDEA. Nonlinear Differential Equations and Applications, 19 (2012), pp. 437--457.
    Abstract
    This paper deals with dimension reduction in linearized elastoplasticity in the rate-independent case. The reference configuration of the elastoplastic body is given by a two-dimensional middle surface and a small but positive thickness. We derive a limiting model for the case in which the thickness of the plate tends to 0. This model contains membrane and plate deformations which are coupled via plastic strains. The convergence analysis is based on an abstract Gamma convergence theory for rate-independent evolution formulated in the framework of energetic solutions. This concept is based on an energy-storage functional and a dissipation functional, such that the notion of solution is phrased in terms of a stability condition and an energy balance.

  • S. Arnrich, A. Mielke, M.A. Peletier, G. Savaré, M. Veneroni, Passing to the limit in a Wasserstein gradient flow: From diffusion to reaction, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 44 (2012), pp. 419--454.
    Abstract
    We study a singular-limit problem arising in the modelling of chemical reactions. At finite $e>0$, the system is described by a Fokker-Planck convection-diffusion equation with a double-well convection potential. This potential is scaled by $1/e$, and in the limit $eto0$, the solution concentrates onto the two wells, resulting into a limiting system that is a pair of ordinary differential equations for the density at the two wells. This convergence has been proved in Peletier, Savaré, and Veneroni, em SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, 42(4):1805--1825, 2010, using the linear structure of the equation. In this paper we re-prove the result by using solely the Wasserstein gradient-flow structure of the system. In particular, we make no use of the linearity, nor of the fact that it is a second-order system. The first key step in this approach is a reformulation of the equation as the minimization of an action functional that captures the propety of being a emphcurve of maximal slope in an integrated form. The second important step is a rescaling of space. Using only the Wasserstein gradient-flow structure, we prove that the sequence of rescaled solutions is pre-compact in an appropriate topology. We then prove a Gamma-convergence result for the functional in this topology, and we identify the limiting functional and the differential equation that it represents. A consequence of these results is that solutions of the $e$-problem converge to a solution of the limiting problem.

  • W. Dreyer, F. Duderstadt, M. Hantke, G. Warnecke, Bubbles in liquids with phase transition, Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, 24 (2012), pp. 461--483.
    Abstract
    We consider a bubble of vapor and inert gas surrounded by the corresponding liquid phase. We study the behavior of the bubble due to phase change, i.e. condensation and evaporation, at the interface. Special attention is given to the effects of surface tension and heat production on the bubble dynamics as well as the propagation of acoustic elastic waves by including slight compressibility of the liquid phase. Separately we study the influence of the three phenomena heat conduction, elastic waves, and phase transition on the evolution of the bubble. The objective is to derive relations including the mass, momentum, and energy transfer between the phases. We find ordinary differential equations, in the cases of heat transfer and the emission of acoustic waves partial differential equations, that describe the bubble dynamics. From numerical evidence we deduce that the effect of phase transition and heat transfer on the behavior of the radius of the bubble is negligible. It turns out that the elastic waves in the liquid are of greatest importance to the dynamics of the bubble radius. The phase transition has a strong influence on the evolution of the temperature, in particular at the interface. Furthermore the phase transition leads to a drastic change of the water content in the bubble, so that a rebounding bubble is only possible, if it contains in addition an inert gas. In a forthcoming paper the equations derived are sought in order to close equations for multi-phase mixture balance laws for dispersed bubbles in liquids involving phase change. Also the model is used to make comparisons with experimental data on the oscillation of a laser induced bubble. For this case it was necessary to include the effect of an inert gas in the thermodynamic modeling of the phase transition.

  • G. Aki, J. Daube, W. Dreyer, J. Giesselmann, M. Kränkel, Ch. Kraus, A diffuse interface model for quasi-incompressible flows: Sharp interface limits and numerics, ESAIM Proceedings, 38 (2012), pp. 54--77.
    Abstract
    In this contribution, we investigate a diffuse interface model for quasi-incompressible flows. We determine corresponding sharp interface limits of two different scalings. The sharp interface limit is deduced by matched asymptotic expansions of the fields in powers of the interface. In particular, we study solutions of the derived system of inner equations and discuss the results within the general setting of jump conditions for sharp interface models. Furthermore, we treat, as a subproblem, the convective Cahn-Hilliard equation numerically by a Local Discontinuous Galerkin scheme.

  • W. Dreyer, J. Giesselmann, Ch. Kraus, Ch. Rohde, Asymptotic analysis for Korteweg models, Interfaces and Free Boundaries. Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation, 14 (2012), pp. 105--143.
    Abstract
    This paper deals with a sharp interface limit of the isothermal Navier-Stokes-Korteweg system. The sharp interface limit is performed by matched asymptotic expansions of the fields in powers of the interface width. These expansions are considered in the interfacial region (inner expansions) and in the bulk (outer expansion) and are matched order by order. Particularly we consider the first orders of the corresponding inner equations obtained by a change of coordinates in an interfacial layer. For a specific scaling we establish solvability criteria for these inner equations and recover the results within the general setting of jump conditions for sharp interface models.

  • A. Mielke, T. Roubíček, M. Thomas, From damage to delamination in nonlinearly elastic materials at small strains, Journal of Elasticity. The Physical and Mathematical Science of Solids, 109 (2012), pp. 235--273.
    Abstract
    Brittle Griffith-type delamination of compounds is deduced by means of Gamma-convergence from partial, isotropic damage of three-specimen-sandwich-structures by flattening the middle component to the thickness 0. The models used here allow for nonlinearly elastic materials at small strains and consider the processes to be unidirectional and rate-independent. The limit passage is performed via a double limit: first, we gain a delamination model involving the gradient of the delamination variable, which is essential to overcome the lack of a uniform coercivity arising from the passage from partial damage to delamination. Second, the delamination-gradient is supressed. Noninterpenetration- and transmission-conditions along the interface are obtained.

  • A. Mielke, L. Truskinovsky, From discrete visco-elasticity to continuum rate-independent plasticity: Rigorous results, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 203 (2012), pp. 577--619.
    Abstract
    We show that continuum models for ideal plasticity can be obtained as a rigorous mathematical limit starting from a discrete microscopic model describing a visco-elastic crystal lattice with quenched disorder. The constitutive structure changes as a result of two concurrent limiting procedures: the vanishing-viscosity limit and the discrete to continuum limit. In the course of these limits a non-convex elastic problem transforms into a convex elastic problem while the quadratic rate-dependent dissipation of visco-elastic solid transforms into a singular rate-independent dissipation of an ideally plastic solid. In order to emphasize ideas we employ in our proofs the simplest prototypical system describing transformational plasticity of shape-memory alloys. The approach, however, is sufficiently general and can be used for similar reductions in the cases of more general plasticity and damage models.

  • M. Liero, A. Mielke, An evolutionary elastoplastic plate model derived via $Gamma$-convergence, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, 21 (2011), pp. 1961--1986.
    Abstract
    This paper is devoted to dimension reduction for linearized elastoplasticity in the rate-independent case. The reference configuration of the three-dimensional elastoplastic body has a two-dimensional middle surface and a positive but small thickness. Under suitable scalings we derive a limiting model for the case in which the thickness of the plate tends to 0. This model contains membrane and plate deformations (linear Kirchhoff--Love plate), which are coupled via plastic strains. We establish strong convergence of the solutions in the natural energy space. The analysis uses an abstract Gamma-convergence theory for rate-independent evolutionary systems that is based on the notion of energetic solutions. This concept is formulated via an energy-storage functional and a dissipation functional, such that energetic solutions are defined in terms of a stability condition and an energy balance. The Mosco convergence of the quadratic energy-storage functional follows the arguments of the elastic case. To handle the evolutionary situation the interplay with the dissipation functional is controlled by cancellation properties for Mosco-convergent quadratic energies.

  • K. Hermsdörfer, Ch. Kraus, D. Kröner, Interface conditions for limits of the Navier--Stokes--Korteweg model, Interfaces and Free Boundaries. Mathematical Modelling, Analysis and Computation, 13 (2011), pp. 239--254.
    Abstract
    In this contribution we will study the behaviour of the pressure across phase boundaries in liquid-vapour flows. As mathematical model we will consider the static version of the Navier-Stokes-Korteweg model which belongs to the class of diffuse interface models. From this static equation a formula for the pressure jump across the phase interface can be derived. If we perform then the sharp interface limit we see that the resulting interface condition for the pressure seems to be inconsistent with classical results of hydrodynamics. Therefore we will present two approaches to recover the results of hydrodynamics in the sharp interface limit at least for special situations.

  • H. Hanke, Homogenization in gradient plasticity, Mathematical Models & Methods in Applied Sciences, 21 (2011), pp. 1651--1684.
    Abstract
    This paper yields a two-scale homogenization result for a rate-independent elastoplastic system. The presented model is a generalization of the classical model of linearized elastoplacticity with hardening, which is extended by a gradient term of the plastic variables. The associated stored elastic energy density has periodically oscillating coefficients, where the period is scaled by ε > 0 . The additional gradient term of the plastic variables z is contained in the elastic energy with a prefactor εγ (γ ≥ 0) . We derive different limiting models for ε → 0 in dependence of &gamma ;. For γ > 1 the limiting model is the two-scale model derived in [MielkeTimofte07], where no gradient term was present. For γ = 1 the gradient term of the plastic variable survives on the microscopic cell poblem, while for γ ∈ [0,1) the limit model is defined in terms of a plastic variable without microscopic fluctuation. The latter model can be simplified to a purely macroscopic elastoplasticity model by homogenisation of the elastic part.

  • H. Hanke, Homogenization in gradient plasticity, GAMM-Mitteilungen, 34 (2011), pp. 102--106.
    Abstract
    This paper yields a two-scale homogenization result for a rate-independent elastoplastic system. The presented model is a generalization of the classical model of linearized elastoplacticity with hardening, which is extended by a gradient term of the plastic variables. The associated stored elastic energy density has periodically oscillating coefficients, where the period is scaled by ε > 0 . The additional gradient term of the plastic variables z is contained in the elastic energy with a prefactor εγ (γ ≥ 0) . We derive different limiting models for ε → 0 in dependence of &gamma ;. For γ > 1 the limiting model is the two-scale model derived in [MielkeTimofte07], where no gradient term was present. For γ = 1 the gradient term of the plastic variable survives on the microscopic cell poblem, while for γ ∈ [0,1) the limit model is defined in terms of a plastic variable without microscopic fluctuation. The latter model can be simplified to a purely macroscopic elastoplasticity model by homogenisation of the elastic part.

  • A. Mielke, Complete-damage evolution based on energies and stresses, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems -- Series S, 4 (2011), pp. 423--439.
    Abstract
    The rate-independent damage model recently developed in Bouchitté, Mielke, Roubíček “A complete-damage problem at small strains" allows for complete damage, such that the deformation is no longer well-defined. The evolution can be described in terms of energy densities and stresses. Using concepts of parametrized Gamma convergence, we generalize the theory to convex, but non-quadratic elastic energies by providing Gamma convergence of energetic solutions from partial to complete damage under rather general conditions.

  • H. Garcke, Ch. Kraus, An anisotropic, inhomogeneous, elastically modified Gibbs--Thomson law as singular limit of a diffuse interface model, Advances in Mathematical Sciences and Applications, 20 (2010), pp. 511--545.
    Abstract
    We consider the sharp interface limit of a diffuse phase field model with prescribed total mass taking into account a spatially inhomogeneous anisotropic interfacial energy and an elastic energy. The main aim is the derivation of a weak formulation of an anisotropic, inhomogeneous, elastically modified Gibbs-Thomson law in the sharp interface limit. To this end we show that one can pass to the limit in the weak formulation of the Euler-Lagrange equation of the diffuse phase field energy.

  • J. Giannoulis, A. Mielke, Ch. Sparber, High-frequency averaging in semi-classical Hartree-type equations, Asymptotic Analysis, 70 (2010), pp. 87--100.
    Abstract
    We investigate the asymptotic behavior of solutions to semi-classical Schröodinger equations with nonlinearities of Hartree type. For a weakly nonlinear scaling, we show the validity of an asymptotic superposition principle for slowly modulated highly oscillatory pulses. The result is based on a high-frequency averaging effect due to the nonlocal nature of the Hartree potential, which inhibits the creation of new resonant waves. In the proof we make use of the framework of Wiener algebras.

  • W. Dreyer, Ch. Kraus, On the van der Waals--Cahn--Hilliard phase-field model and its equilibria conditions in the sharp interface limit, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Section A. Mathematics, 140 A (2010), pp. 1161--1186.
    Abstract
    We study the equilibria of liquid--vapor phase transitions of a single substance at constant temperature and relate the sharp interface model of classical thermodynamics to a phase field model that determines the equilibria by the stationary van der Waals--Cahn--Hilliard theory.
    For two reasons we reconsider this old problem. 1. Equilibria in a two phase system can be established either under fixed total volume of the system or under fixed external pressure. The latter case implies that the domain of the two--phase system varies. However, in the mathematical literature rigorous sharp interface limits of phase transitions are usually considered under fixed volume. This brings the necessity to extend the existing tools for rigorous sharp interface limits to changing domains since in nature most processes involving phase transitions run at constant pressure. 2. Thermodynamics provides for a single substance two jump conditions at the sharp interface, viz. the continuity of the specific Gibbs free energies of the adjacent phases and the discontinuity of the corresponding pressures, which is balanced by the mean curvature. The existing estimates for rigorous sharp interface limits show only the first condition. We identify the cause of this phenomenon and develop a strategy that yields both conditions up to the first order.
    The necessary information on the equilibrium conditions are achieved by an asymptotic expansion of the density which is valid for an arbitrary double well potential. We establish this expansion by means of local energy estimates, uniform convergence results of the density and estimates on the Laplacian of the density.

  • A. Mielke, C. Patz, Dispersive stability of infinite dimensional Hamiltonian systems on lattices, Applicable Analysis. An International Journal, 89 (2010), pp. 1493--1512.
    Abstract
    We derive dispersive stability results for oscillator chains like the FPU chain or the discrete Klein-Gordon chain. If the nonlinearity is of degree higher than 4, then small localized initial data decay like in the linear case. For this, we provide sharp decay estimates for the linearized problem using oscillatory integrals and avoiding the nonoptimal interpolation between different $ell^p$ spaces.

  • A. Mielke, T. Roubíček, J. Zeman, Complete damage in elastic and viscoelastic media and its energetics, Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 199 (2010), pp. 1242--1253.
    Abstract
    A model for the evolution of damage that allows for complete disintegration is addressed. Small strains and a linear response function are assumed. The “flow rule” for the damage parameter is rate-independent. The stored energy involves the gradient of the damage variable, which determines an internal length-scale. Quasi-static fully rate-independent evolution is considered as well as rate-dependent evolution including viscous/inertial effects. Illustrative 2-dimensional computer simulations are presented, too.

  • S. Zelik, A. Mielke, Multi-pulse evolution and space-time chaos in dissipative systems, Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, 198 (2009), pp. 1--97.

  • J. Giannoulis, M. Herrmann, A. Mielke, Lagrangian and Hamiltonian two-scale reduction, Journal of Mathematical Physics, 49 (2008), pp. 103505/1--103505/42.
    Abstract
    Studying high-dimensional Hamiltonian systems with microstructure, it is an important and challenging problem to identify reduced macroscopic models that describe some effective dynamics on large spatial and temporal scales. This paper concerns the question how reasonable macroscopic Lagrangian and Hamiltonian structures can by derived from the microscopic system. In the first part we develop a general approach to this problem by considering non-canonical Hamiltonian structures on the tangent bundle. This approach can be applied to all Hamiltonian lattices (or Hamiltonian PDEs) and involves three building blocks: (i) the embedding of the microscopic system, (ii) an invertible two-scale transformation that encodes the underlying scaling of space and time, (iii) an elementary model reduction that is based on a Principle of Consistent Expansions. In the second part we exemplify the reduction approach and derive various reduced PDE models for the atomic chain. The reduced equations are either related to long wave-length motion or describe the macroscopic modulation of an oscillatory microstructure.

  • J. Giannoulis, A. Mielke, Ch. Sparber, Interaction of modulated pulses in the nonlinear Schrödinger equation with periodic potential, Journal of Differential Equations, 245 (2008), pp. 939--963.
    Abstract
    We consider a cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation with periodic potential. In a semiclassical scaling the nonlinear interaction of modulated pulses concentrated in one or several Bloch bands is studied. The notion of closed mode systems is introduced which allows for the rigorous derivation of a finite system of amplitude equations describing the macroscopic dynamics of these pulses.

  • J.A.C. Martins, M.D.P. Monteiro Marques, A. Petrov, On the stability of elastic-plastic systems with hardening, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 343 (2008), pp. 1007--1021.
    Abstract
    This paper discusses the stability of quasi-static paths for a continuous elastic-plastic system with hardening in a one-dimensional (bar) domain. Mathematical formulations, as well as existence and uniqueness results for dynamic and quasi-static problems involving elastic-plastic systems with linear kinematic hardening are recalled in the paper. The concept of stability of quasi-static paths used here is essentially a continuity property of the system dynamic solutions relatively to the quasi-static ones, when (as in Lyapunov stability) the size of initial perturbations is decreased and the rate of application of the forces (which plays the role of the small parameter in singular perturbation problems) is also decreased to zero. The stability of the quasi-static paths of these elastic-plastic systems is the main result proved in the paper.

  • W. Dreyer, M. Herrmann, Numerical experiments on the modulation theory for the nonlinear atomic chain, Physica D. Nonlinear Phenomena, 237 (2008), pp. 255-282.
    Abstract
    Modulation theory with periodic traveling waves is a powerful, but not rigorous tool to derive a thermodynamic description for the atomic chain. We investigate the validity of this theory by means of several numerical experiments.

  • A. Mielke, M. Ortiz, A class of minimum principles for characterizing the trajectories and the relaxation of dissipative systems, ESAIM. Control, Optimisation and Calculus of Variations, 14 (2008), pp. 494--516.

  • A. Mielke, T. Roubíček, U. Stefanelli, $Gamma$-limits and relaxations for rate-independent evolutionary problems, Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 31 (2008), pp. 387--416.
    Abstract
    This work uses the energetic formulation of rate-independent systems that is based on the stored-energy functionals $calE$ and the dissipation distance $calD$. For sequences $(calE_k)_kin N$ and $(calD_k)_kin N$ we address the question under which conditions the limits $q_infty$ of solutions $q_k:[0,T]to calQ$ satisfy a suitable limit problem with limit functionals $calE_infty$ and $calD_infty$, which are the corresponding $Gamma$-limits. We derive a sufficient condition, called emphconditional upper semi-continuity of the stable sets, which is essential to guarantee that $q_infty$ solves the limit problem. In particular, this condition holds if certain emphjoint recovery sequences exist. Moreover, we show that time-incremental minimization problems can be used to approximate the solutions. A first example involves the numerical approximation of functionals using finite-element spaces. A second example shows that the stop and the play operator convergece if the yield sets converge in the sense of Mosco. The third example deals with a problem developing microstructure in the limit $kto infty$, which in the limit can be described by an effective macroscopic model.

  • A. Mielke, Weak-convergence methods for Hamiltonian multiscale problems, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems, 20 (2008), pp. 53--79.
    Abstract
    We consider Hamiltonian problems depending on a small parameter like in wave equations with rapidly oscillating coefficients or the embedding of an infinite atomic chain into a continuum by letting the atomic distance tend to $0$. For general semilinear Hamiltonian systems we provide abstract convergence results in terms of the existence of a family of joint recovery operators which guarantee that the effective equation is obtained by taking the $Gamma$-limit of the Hamiltonian. The convergence is in the weak sense with respect to the energy norm. Exploiting the well-developed theory of $Gamma$-convergence, we are able to generalize the admissible coefficients for homogenization in the wave equations. Moreover, we treat the passage from a discrete oscillator chain to a wave equation with general $rmL^infty$ coefficients

  • A. Mielke, A. Petrov, J.A.C. Martins, Convergence of solutions of kinetic variational inequalities in the rate-independent quasi-static limit, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, 348 (2008), pp. 1012--1020.
    Abstract
    This paper discusses the convergence of kinetic variational inequalities to rate-independent quasi-static variational inequalities. Mathematical formulations as well as existence and uniqueness results for kinetic and rate-independent quasi-static problems are provided. Sharp a priori estimates for the kinetic problem are derived that imply that the kinetic solutions converge to the rate-independent ones, when the size of initial perturbations and the rate of application of the forces tends to 0. An application to three-dimensional elastic-plastic systems with hardening is given.

  • J.A.C. Martins, M.D.P. Monteiro, A. Petrov, On the stability of quasi-static paths for finite dimensional elastic-plastic systems with hardening, ZAMM. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik, 87 (2007), pp. 303--313.

  • A. Mielke, A. Timofte, Two-scale homogenization for evolutionary variational inequalities via the energetic formulation, SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, 39 (2007), pp. 642--668.
    Abstract
    This paper is devoted to the two-scale homogenization for a class of rate-independent systems described by the energetic formulation or equivalently by an evolutionary variational inequality. In particular, we treat the classical model of linearized elastoplasticity with hardening. The associated nonlinear partial differential inclusion has periodically oscillating coefficients, and the aim is to find a limit problem for the case that the period tends to 0. Our approach is based on the notion of energetic solutions which is phrased in terms of a stability condition and an energy balance of an energy-storage functional and a dissipation functional. Using the recently developed method of weak and strong two-scale convergence via periodic unfolding, we show that these two functionals have a suitable two-scale limit, but now involving the macroscopic variable in the physical domain as well as the microscopic variable in the periodicity cell. Moreover, relying on an abstract theory of Gamma convergence for the energetic formulation using so-called joint recovery sequences it is possible to show that the solutions of the problem with periodicity converge to the energetic solution associated with the limit functionals.

  • A. Mielke, S. Zelik, Infinite-dimensional hyperbolic sets and spatio-temporal chaos in reaction-diffusion systems in $R^n$, Journal of Dynamics and Differential Equations, 19 (2007), pp. 333--389.

  • J. Giannoulis, A. Mielke, Dispersive evolution of pulses in oscillator chains with general interaction potentials, Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems. Series B. A Journal Bridging Mathematics and Sciences, 6 (2006), pp. 493--523.

  • M.A. Efendiev, A. Mielke, On the rate-independent limit of systems with dry friction and small viscosity, Journal of Convex Analysis, 13 (2006), pp. 151--167.

  • W. Dreyer, M. Herrmann, A. Mielke, Micro-macro transitions in the atomic chain via Whitham's modulation equation, Nonlinearity, 19 (2006), pp. 471--500.

  • A. Mielke, Macroscopic behavior of microscopic oscillations in harmonic lattices via Wigner--Husimi transforms, Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 181 (2006), pp. 401--448.

  • M. Baro, H. Neidhardt, J. Rehberg, Current coupling of drift-diffusion models and dissipative Schrödinger--Poisson systems: Dissipative hybrid models, SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, 37 (2005), pp. 941--981.

  • TH. Koprucki, M. Baro, U. Bandelow, Th. Tien, F. Weik, J.W. Tomm, M. Grau, M.-Ch. Amann, Electronic structure and optoelectronic properties of strained InAsSb/GaSb multiple quantum wells, Applied Physics Letters, 87 (2005), pp. 181911/1--181911/3.

  • U. Bandelow, H.-Chr. Kaiser, Th. Koprucki, J. Rehberg, Spectral properties of $k cdot p$ Schrödinger operators in one space dimension, Numerical Functional Analysis and Optimization. An International Journal, 21 (2000), pp. 379--409.

  Contributions to Collected Editions

  • S. Reichelt, Error estimates for nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems involving different diffusion length scales, in: MURPHYS-HSFS-2014: 7th MUlti-Rate Processes and HYSteresis (MURPHYS) & 2nd International Workshop on Hysteresis and Slow-Fast Systems (HSFS), O. Klein, M. Dimian, P. Gurevich, D. Knees, D. Rachinskii, S. Tikhomirov, eds., 727 of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, IOP Publishing, 2016, pp. 012013/1--012013/15.
    Abstract
    We derive quantitative error estimates for coupled reaction-diffusion systems, whose coefficient functions are quasi-periodically oscillating modeling microstructure of the underlying macroscopic domain. The coupling arises via nonlinear reaction terms, and we allow for different diffusion length scales, i.e. whereas some species have characteristic diffusion length of order 1, other species may diffuse much slower, namely, with order of the characteristic microstructure-length scale. We consider an effective system, which is rigorously obtained via two-scale convergence, and we derive quantitative error estimates.

  • M. Kantner, U. Bandelow, Th. Koprucki, H.-J. Wünsche, Multi-scale modelling and simulation of single-photon sources on a device level, in: Euro-TMCS II -- Theory, Modelling & Computational Methods for Semiconductors, 7th -- 9th December 2016, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Ireland, E. O'Reilly, S. Schulz, S. Tomic, eds., Tyndall National Institute, 2016, pp. 65.

  • A. Mielke, R. Rossi, G. Savaré, Balanced-Viscosity solutions for multi-rate systems, in: MURPHYS-HSFS-2014: 7th MUlti-Rate Processes and HYSteresis (MURPHYS) & 2nd International Workshop on Hysteresis and Slow-Fast Systems (HSFS), O. Klein, M. Dimian, P. Gurevich, D. Knees, D. Rachinskii, S. Tikhomirov, eds., 727 of Journal of Physics: Conference Series, IOP Publishing, 2016, pp. 012010/1--012010/26.
    Abstract
    Several mechanical systems are modeled by the static momentum balance for the displacement u coupled with a rate-independent flow rule for some internal variable z. We consider a class of abstract systems of ODEs which have the same structure, albeit in a finite-dimensional setting, and regularize both the static equation and the rate-independent flow rule by adding viscous dissipation terms with coefficients εα and ε, where 0<ε<1 and α>0 is a fixed parameter. Therefore for α different from 1 the variables u and z have different relaxation rates. We address the vanishing-viscosity analysis as ε tends to 0 in the viscous system. We prove that, up to a subsequence, (reparameterized) viscous solutions converge to a parameterized curve yielding a Balanced Viscosity solution to the original rate-independent system and providing an accurate description of the system behavior at jumps. We also give a reformulation of the notion of Balanced Viscosity solution in terms of a system of subdifferential inclusions, showing that the viscosity in u and the one in z are involved in the jump dynamics in different ways, according to whether α >1, α=1, or 0<α<1.

  • A. Mielke, Deriving effective models for multiscale systems via evolutionary $Gamma$-convergence, in: Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems, E. Schöll, S. Klapp, P. Hövel, eds., Understanding Complex Systems, Springer International Publishing AG Switzerland, Cham, 2016, pp. 235--251.

  • A. Mielke, Relaxation of a rate-independent phase transformation model for the evolution of microstructure, in: Mechanics of Materials: Mechanics of Interfaces and Evolving Microstructure, Workshop, March 14--18, 2016, R. Kienzler, D.L. Mcdowell, S. Müller, E.A. Werner, eds., 13 of Oberwolfach Reports, European Mathematical Society, 2016, pp. 840---842.

  • M. Kantner, U. Bandelow, Th. Koprucki, H.-J. Wünsche, Modeling and numerical simulation of electrically pumped single-photon emitters, in: Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Numerical Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices 2015, J. Piprek, W. Yuh-Renn, eds., IEEE Conference Publications Management Group, Piscataway, 2015, pp. 151--152.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary relaxation of a two-phase model, in: Scales in Plasticity, Mini-Workshop, November 8--14, 2015, G.A. Francfort, S. Luckhaus, eds., 12 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2015, pp. 3027--3030.

  • A. Mielke, On thermodynamical couplings of quantum mechanics and macroscopic systems, in: Mathematical Results in Quantum Mechanics. Proceedings of the QMath12 Conference, P. Exner, W. König, H. Neidhardt, eds., World Scientific Publishing, Singapore, 2015, pp. 331--348.
    Abstract
    Pure quantum mechanics can be formulated as a Hamiltonian system in terms of the Liouville equation for the density matrix. Dissipative effects are modeled via coupling to a macroscopic system, where the coupling operators act via commutators. Following Öttinger (2010) we use the GENERIC framework to construct thermodynamically consistent evolution equations as a sum of a Hamiltonian and a gradient-flow contribution, which satisfy a particular non-interaction condition:
    formel
    We give three applications of the theory. First, we consider a finite-dimensional quantum system that is coupled to a finite number of simple heat baths, each of which is described by a scalar temperature variable. Second, we model quantum system given by a one-dimensional Schrödinger operator connected to a one-dimensional heat equation on the left and on the right. Finally, we consider thermo-opto-electronics, where the Maxwell-Bloch system of optics is coupled to the energy-drift-diffusion system for semiconductor electronics.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale gradient systems and their amplitude equations, in: Dynamics of Pattern, Workshop, Dezember 16--22, 2012, 9 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2012, pp. 3588--3591.

  • M. Thomas, From damage to delamination in nonlinearly elastic materials at small strains, in: Microstructures in Solids: From Quantum Models to Continua, Workshop, March 14--20, 2010, 7 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2010, pp. 783--785.

  • A. Petrov, J.A.C. Martins, M.D.P. Monteiro Marques, Mathematical results on the stability of quasi-static paths of elastic-plastic systems with hardening, in: Topics on Mathematics for Smart Systems, B. Miara, G. Stavroulakis, V. Valente, eds., World Scientific, Singapore, 2007, pp. 167--182.

  • A. Mielke, Gamma convergence for rate-independent processes with applications to damage, in: Phase Transition, Workshop, June 4 -- 8, 2007, 4 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2007, pp. 1617--1620.

  • J. Giannoulis, M. Herrmann, A. Mielke, Continuum descriptions for the dynamics in discrete lattices: Derivation and justification, in: Analysis, Modeling and Simulation of Multiscale Problems, A. Mielke, ed., Springer, Heidelberg, 2006, pp. 435--466.

  • C. Patz, A. Mielke, Dispersive and long-time behavior of oscillations in lattices, in: GAMM Annual Meeting 2006 -- Berlin, Special Issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1) of PAMM (Proceedings of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics), Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2006, pp. 503--504.

  • A. Timofte, A. Mielke, Two-scale homogenization for rate-independent systems, in: GAMM Annual Meeting 2006 -- Berlin, Special Issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1) of PAMM (Proceedings of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics), Wiley-VCH Verlag, Weinheim, 2006, pp. 513--514.

  • W. Dreyer, M. Herrmann, J.D.M. Rademacher, Wave trains, solitons and modulation theory in FPU chains, in: Analysis, Modeling and Simulation of Multiscale Problems, A. Mielke, ed., Springer, Heidelberg, 2006, pp. 467--500.

  • A. Mielke, Deriving modulation equations via Lagrangian and Hamiltonian reduction, in: Mathematical Theory of Water Waves, Workshop, November 12--18, 2006, 3 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2006, pp. 3032--3034.

  • A. Mielke, Gamma convergence for evolutionary problems, in: Applications of Asymptotic Analysis, Workshop, June 18 -- 24, 2006, 2 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2006, pp. 1697--1700.

  • A. Mielke, Two-scale modelling for Hamiltonian systems: Formal and rigorous results, in: PDE and Materials, Workshop, September 24--30, 2006, 3 of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschunsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2006, pp. 2656--2659.

  • A. Mielke, Energy transport in periodic lattices, in: Thermodynamische Materialtheorien, Workshop, December 12--18, 2004, 1 (4) of Oberwolfach Reports, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, 2004, pp. 3019-3022.

  • H. Gajewski, H.-Chr. Kaiser, H. Langmach, R. Nürnberg, R.H. Richter, Mathematical modelling and numerical simulation of semiconductor detectors, in: Mathematics --- Key Technology for the Future. Joint Projects Between Universities and Industry, W. Jäger, H.-J. Krebs, eds., Springer, Berlin [u.a.], 2003, pp. 355--364.

  • H.-Chr. Kaiser, U. Bandelow, Th. Koprucki, J. Rehberg, Modelling and simulation of strained quantum wells in semiconductor lasers, in: Mathematics --- Key Technology for the Future. Joint Projects Between Universities and Industry, W. Jäger, H.-J. Krebs, eds., Springer, Berlin [u.a.], 2003, pp. 377--390.

  • U. Bandelow, H. Gajewski, H.-Chr. Kaiser, Modeling combined effects of carrier injection, photon dynamics and heating in Strained Multi-Quantum-Well Laser, in: Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices VIII, R.H. Binder, P. Blood, M. Osinski, eds., 3944 of Proceedings of SPIE, SPIE, Bellingham, WA, 2000, pp. 301--310.

  • H.-Chr. Kaiser, J. Rehberg, About some mathematical questions concerning the embedding of Schrödinger-Poisson systems into the drift-diffusion model of semiconductor devices, in: EQUADIFF 99: International Conference on Differential Equations, Berlin 1999, B. Fiedler, K. Gröger, J. Sprekels, eds., 2, World Scientific, Singapore [u. a.], 2000, pp. 1328--1333.

  Preprints, Reports, Technical Reports

  • P. Gurevich, S. Reichelt, Pulses in FitzHugh--Nagumo systems with rapidly oscillating coefficients, Preprint no. 2413, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2413 .
    Abstract, PDF (1751 kByte)
    This paper is devoted to pulse solutions in FitzHugh-Nagumo systems that are coupled parabolic equations with rapidly periodically oscillating coefficients. In the limit of vanishing periods, there arises a two-scale FitzHugh-Nagumo system, which qualitatively and quantitatively captures the dynamics of the original system. We prove existence and stability of pulses in the limit system and show their proximity on any finite time interval to pulse-like solutions of the original system.

  • M. Kantner, M. Mittnenzweig, Th. Koprucki, Hybrid quantum-classical modeling of quantum dot devices, Preprint no. 2412, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2412 .
    Abstract, PDF (5602 kByte)
    The design of electrically driven quantum dot devices for quantum optical applications asks for modeling approaches combining classical device physics with quantum mechanics. We connect the well-established fields of semi-classical semiconductor transport theory and the theory of open quantum systems to meet this requirement. By coupling the van Roosbroeck system with a quantum master equation in Lindblad form, we obtain a new hybrid quantum-classical modeling approach, which enables a comprehensive description of quantum dot devices on multiple scales: It allows the calculation of quantum optical figures of merit and the spatially resolved simulation of the current flow in realistic semiconductor device geometries in a unified way. We construct the interface between both theories in such a way, that the resulting hybrid system obeys the fundamental axioms of (non-)equilibrium thermodynamics. We show that our approach guarantees the conservation of charge, consistency with the thermodynamic equilibrium and the second law of thermodynamics. The feasibility of the approach is demonstrated by numerical simulations of an electrically driven single-photon source based on a single quantum dot in the stationary and transient operation regime.

  • M. Heida, S. Nesenenko, Stochastic homogenization of rate-dependent models of monotone type in plasticity, Preprint no. 2366, WIAS, Berlin, 2017, DOI 10.20347/WIAS.PREPRINT.2366 .
    Abstract, PDF (548 kByte)
    In this work we deal with the stochastic homogenization of the initial boundary value problems of monotone type. The models of monotone type under consideration describe the deformation behaviour of inelastic materials with a microstructure which can be characterised by random measures. Based on the Fitzpatrick function concept we reduce the study of the asymptotic behaviour of monotone operators associated with our models to the problem of the stochastic homogenization of convex functionals within an ergodic and stationary setting. The concept of Fitzpatrick's function helps us to introduce and show the existence of the weak solutions for rate-dependent systems. The derivations of the homogenization results presented in this work are based on the stochastic two-scale convergence in Sobolev spaces. For completeness, we also present some two-scale homogenization results for convex functionals, which are related to the classical Gamma-convergence theory.

  • A. Muntean, S. Reichelt, Corrector estimates for a thermo-diffusion model with weak thermal coupling, Preprint no. 2310, WIAS, Berlin, 2016.
    Abstract, PDF (1060 kByte)
    The present work deals with the derivation of corrector estimates for the two-scale homogenization of a thermo-diffusion model with weak thermal coupling posed in a heterogeneous medium endowed with periodically arranged high-contrast microstructures. The terminology “weak thermal coupling” refers here to the variable scaling in terms of the small homogenization parameter ε of the heat conduction-diffusion interaction terms, while the “high-contrast” is thought particularly in terms of the heat conduction properties of the composite material. As main target, we justify the first-order terms of the multiscale asymptotic expansions in the presence of coupled fluxes, induced by the joint contribution of Sorret and Dufour-like effects. The contrasting heat conduction combined with cross coupling lead to the main mathematical difficulty in the system. Our approach relies on the method of periodic unfolding combined with ε-independent estimates for the thermal and concentration fields and for their coupled fluxes

  • A. Caiazzo, F. Caforio, G. Montecinos, L.O. Müller, P.J. Blanco, E.F. Toro, Assessment of reduced order Kalman filter for parameter identification in one-dimensional blood flow models using experimental data, Preprint no. 2248, WIAS, Berlin, 2016.
    Abstract, PDF (8646 kByte)
    This work presents a detailed investigation of a parameter estimation approach based on the reduced order unscented Kalman filter (ROUKF) in the context of one-dimensional blood flow models. In particular, the main aims of this study are (i) to investigate the effect of using real measurements vs. synthetic data (i.e., numerical results of the same in silico model, perturbed with white noise) for the estimation and (ii) to identify potential difficulties and limitations of the approach in clinically realistic applications in order to assess the applicability of the filter to such setups. For these purposes, our numerical study is based on the in vitro model of the arterial network described by [Alastruey et al. 2011, J. Biomech. bf 44], for which experimental flow and pressure measurements are available at few selected locations. In order to mimic clinically relevant situations, we focus on the estimation of terminal resistances and arterial wall parameters related to vessel mechanics (Young's modulus and thickness) using few experimental observations (at most a single pressure or flow measurement per vessel). In all cases, we first perform a theoretical identifiability analysis based on the generalized sensitivity function, comparing then the results obtained with the ROUKF, using either synthetic or experimental data, to results obtained using reference parameters and to available measurements.

  • K. Disser, M. Liero, J. Zinsl, On the evolutionary Gamma-convergence of gradient systems modeling slow and fast chemical reactions, Preprint no. 2227, WIAS, Berlin, 2016.
    Abstract, PDF (489 kByte)
    We investigate the limit passage for a system of ordinary differential equations modeling slow and fast chemical reaction of mass-action type, where the rates of fast reactions tend to infinity. We give an elementary proof of convergence to a reduced dynamical system acting in the slow reaction directions on the manifold of fast reaction equilibria. Then we study the entropic gradient structure of these systems and prove an E-convergence result via Γ-convergence of the primary and dual dissipation potentials, which shows that this structure carries over to the fast reaction limit. We recover the limit dynamics as a gradient flow of the entropy with respect to a pseudo-metric.

  • M. Liero, S. Reichelt, Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard-type equations via evolutionary Gamma-convergence, Preprint no. 2114, WIAS, Berlin, 2015.
    Abstract, PDF (455 kByte)
    In this paper we discuss two approaches to evolutionary Γ-convergence of gradient systems in Hilbert spaces. The formulation of the gradient system is based on two functionals, namely the energy functional and the dissipation potential, which allows us to employ Γ-convergence methods. In the first approach we consider families of uniformly convex energy functionals such that the limit passage of the time-dependent problems can be based on the theory of evolutionary variational inequalities as developed by Daneri and Savaré 2010. The second approach uses the equivalent formulation of the gradient system via the energy-dissipation principle and follows the ideas of Sandier and Serfaty 2004. We apply both approaches to rigorously derive homogenization limits for Cahn-Hilliard-type equations. Using the method of weak and strong two-scale convergence via periodic unfolding, we show that the energy and dissipation functionals Γ-converge. In conclusion, we will give specific examples for the applicability of each of the two approaches.

  Talks, Poster

  • S. Reichelt, Corrector estimates for elliptic and parabolic equations with periodic coefficients, Analysis Seminar, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, Erlangen, May 18, 2017.

  • S. Reichelt, Corrector estimates for elliptic and parabolic equations with periodic coefficients, Analysis Seminar, Universität Augsburg, Institut für Mathematik, May 23, 2017.

  • S. Reichelt, Corrector estimates for imperfect transmission problems, 88th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2017), Section S14 ``Applied Analysis'', March 6 - 10, 2017, Bauhaus Universität Weimar/Technische Universität Ilmenau, Weimar, March 7, 2017.

  • S. Reichelt, Traveling waves in FitzHugh--Nagumo systems with rapidly oscillating coefficients, Workshop ``Control of Self-organizing Nonlinear Systems'', August 29 - 31, 2017, Collaborative Research Center 910: Control of self-organizing nonlinear systems: Theoretical methods and concepts of application, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, August 30, 2017.

  • M. Heida, A. Mielke, Effective models for interfaces with many scales, CRC 1114 Conference ''Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems 2017'', Berlin, March 27 - 29, 2017.

  • M. Heida, Averaging of time-periodic dissipation potentials in rate-independent processes, 88th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2017), Section S14 ``Applied Analysis'', March 6 - 10, 2017, Bauhaus Universität Weimar/Technische Universität Ilmenau, Weimar, March 9, 2017.

  • M. Heida, On G-convergence and stochastic two-scale convergences of the squareroot approximation scheme to the Fokker--Planck operator, GAMM-Workshop on Analysis of Partial Differential Equations, September 27 - 29, 2017, Eindhoven University of Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Netherlands, September 28, 2017.

  • M. Mittnenzweig, An entropic gradient structure Lindblad equations, 88th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2017), Section S14 ``Applied Analysis'', March 6 - 10, 2017, Bauhaus Universität Weimar/Technische Universität Ilmenau, Weimar, March 9, 2017.

  • M. Mittnenzweig, An entropic gradient structure for quantum Markov semigroups, Workshop ``Applications of Optimal Transportation in the Natural Sciences'', January 30 - February 3, 2017, Mathematisches Forschungszentrum Oberwolfach, January 31, 2017.

  • D. Peschka, Modelling and simulation of suspension flow, Graduate Seminar PDE in the Sciences, Universität Bonn, Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, January 20, 2017.

  • M. Thomas, Mathematical modeling and analysis of evolution processes in solids and the influence of bulk-interface-interaction, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, October 20, 2017.

  • A. Mielke, Uniform exponential decay for energy-reaction-diffusion systems, Analysis Seminar, University of Pavia, Department of Mathematics, Italy, March 21, 2017.

  • K. Disser, Convergence for gradient systems of slow and fast chemical reactions, Joint Annual Meeting of DMV and GAMM, Session ``Applied Analysis'', March 7 - 11, 2016, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, March 11, 2016.

  • K. Disser, E-convergence to the quasi-steady-state approximation in systems of chemical reactions, ERC Workshop on Modeling Materials and Fluids using Variational Methods, February 22 - 26, 2016, WIAS Berlin, Berlin, February 25, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Error estimates for elliptic and parabolic equations with oscillating coefficients, Karlstad Applied Analysis Seminar, Karlstad University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Sweden, April 13, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Error estimates for elliptic equations with not exactly periodic coefficients, Berlin Dresden Prague Würzburg Workshop ``Homogenization and Related Topics'', Technische Universität Dresden, Fachbereich Mathematik, June 22, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard-type equations via evolutionary $Gamma$-convergence, Joint Annual Meeting of DMV and GAMM, Young Researchers' Minisymposium ``Multiscale Evolutionary Problems'', March 7 - 11, 2016, Technische Universität Braunschweig, March 7, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard-type equations via evolutionary Gamma-convergence, Workshop ``Patterns of Dynamics'', Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik, July 25 - 29, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard-type equations via gradient structures, The 11th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Special Session 2 ``Emergence and Dynamics of Patterns in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equation'', July 1 - 5, 2016, The American Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Orlando (Florida), USA, July 3, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, On periodic homogenization, 20. Harz-Seminar zur Strukturbildung in Chemie und Biophysik, February 21 - 22, 2016, Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt, Hahnenklee, February 22, 2016.

  • TH. Frenzel, Evolutionary Gamma-convergence for amplitude equations and for wiggly energy models, Winter School 2016: Calculus of Variations in Physics and Materials Science, Würzburg, February 15 - 19, 2016.

  • M. Heida, Homogenization of the random conductance model, 7th European Congress of Mathematics (ECM), session ``Probability, Statistics and Financial Mathematics'', July 18 - 22, 2016, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, July 20, 2016.

  • M. Heida, Homogenization of the random conductance model, Workshop of the GAMM Activity Group ``Analysis of Partial Differential Equations'', September 26 - 28, 2016, Technische Universität Dortmund, Fachbereich Mathematik, Dortmund, September 26, 2016.

  • M. Heida, On homogenization of rate-independent systems, sc Matheon Multiscale Seminar, Technische Universität Berlin, February 17, 2016.

  • M. Heida, Stochastic homogenization of 1-homogeneous functionals, 7th European Congress of Mathematics (7ECM), Minisymposium 29 ``Nonsmooth PDEs in the Modeling Damage, Delamination, and Fracture'', July 18 - 22, 2016, Technische Universität Berlin, July 22, 2016.

  • M. Heida, Stochastic homogenization of rate-independent systems, Berlin Dresden Prague Würzburg Workshop ``Homogenization and Related Topics'', Technische Universität Dresden, Fachbereich Mathematik, June 22, 2016.

  • M. Kantner, Multi-scale modeling and numerical simulation of single-photon emitters, Matheon Workshop--9th Annual Meeting ``Photonic Devices", Zuse Institut, Berlin, March 3, 2016.

  • M. Kantner, Multi-scale modelling and simulation of single-photon sources on a device level, Euro--TMCS II Theory, Modelling & Computational Methods for Semiconductors, Tyndall National Institute and University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, December 9, 2016.

  • M. Becker, Th. Frenzel, Th. Niedermayer, S. Reichelt, M. Bär, A. Mielke, Competing patterns in anti-symmetrically coupled Swift--Hohenberg equations, International Conference on Control of Complex Systems and Networks, SFB 910 ``Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems: Theoretical Methods and Concepts of Application'', Heringsdorf/Usedom, September 4 - 8, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, Evolution driven by energy and entropy, SFB1114 Kolloquium, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, June 30, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary Gamma-convergence, 2nd CENTRAL School on Analysis and Numerics for Partial Differential Equations, August 29 - September 2, 2016, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Mathematik.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary relaxation for a rate-independent phase-transformation model, Workshop ``Mechanics of Materials: Mechanics of Interfaces and Evolving Microstructure'', March 14 - 18, 2016, Mathematisches Forschungszentrum Oberwolfach, March 14, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, Microstructure evolution via relaxation for a rate-independent elastic two-phase model, Joint Annual Meeting of DMV and GAMM, Session ``Applied Analysis'', March 7 - 11, 2016, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Braunschweig, March 10, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale modeling via evolutionary Gamma convergence, 3rd PhD Workshop, May 30 - 31, 2016, International Research Training Group of the Collaborative Research Center (SFB) 1114 ``Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems'', Güstrow, May 30, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, On a model for the evolution of microstructures in solids -- Evolutionary relaxation, KTGU-IMU Mathematics Colloquia, March 30 - 31, 2016, Kyoto University, Department of Mathematics, Japan, March 31, 2016.

  • A. Mielke, Rate-independent microstructure evolution via relaxation of a two-phase model, Workshop ``Advances in the Mathematical Analysis of Material Defects in Elastic Solids'', June 6 - 10, 2016, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, June 10, 2016.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of Cahn--Hilliard equations, Workshop on Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems, September 14 - 16, 2015, SFB 910 ``Control of self-organizing nonlinear systems: Theoretical methods and concepts of application'', Lutherstadt Wittenberg, September 15, 2015.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization of reaction-diffusion systems involving different diffusion length scales, CASA Colloquium, Eindhoven University of Technology, Centre for Analysis, Scientific Computing and Applications (CASA), Eindhoven, Netherlands, March 11, 2015.

  • M. Heida, Stochastic homogenization of Prandtl--Reuss plasticity, 3rd Workshop of the GAMM Activity Group ``Analysis of Partial Differential Equations'', September 30 - October 2, 2015, Universität Kassel, Institut für Mathematik, Kassel, October 1, 2015.

  • M. Kantner, Multi-scale modeling and simulation of electrically pumped single-photon sources, International Nano-Optoelectronics Workshop (iNOW 2015), Tokio, Japan, August 3 - 7, 2015.

  • TH. Koprucki, On device concepts for CMOS-compatible edge-emitters based on strained germanium, Symposium ``Alternative Semiconductor Integration in Si Microelectronics: Materials, Techniques and Applications'' of the E-MRS Fall Meeting 2015, September 15 - 18, 2015, Warsaw University of Technology, Krakow, Poland, September 18, 2015.

  • M. Thomas, Evolutionary Gamma convergence with application to damage and delamination, Seminar DICATAM, Università di Brescia, Dipartimento di Matematica, Brescia, Italy, June 3, 2015.

  • M. Thomas, From adhesive contact to brittle delamination in visco-elastodynamics, 3rd Workshop of the GAMM Activity Group ``Analysis of Partial Differential Equations'', September 30 - October 2, 2015, Universität Kassel, Institut für Mathematik, Kassel, October 2, 2015.

  • M. Thomas, Modeling of edge-emitting lasers based on tensile strained germanium microstripes, Applied Mathematics and Simulation for Semiconductors (AMaSiS 2015), March 11 - 13, 2015, WIAS Berlin, Berlin, March 11, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, Chemical Master Equation: Coarse graining via gradient structures, Kolloquium des SFB 1114 ``Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems'', Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Mathematik, Berlin, June 4, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, EDP-convergence and the limit from diffusion to reaction, 3rd Workshop of the GAMM Activity Group ``Analysis of Partial Differential Equations'', September 30 - October 2, 2015, Universität Kassel, Institut für Mathematik, Kassel, October 2, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary $Gamma$-convergence for gradient systems explained via applications, Symposium ``Variational Methods for Stationary and Evolutionary Problems'', University of Warwick, Mathematics Institute, Warwick, UK, May 12, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary relaxation of a two-phase model, Mini-Workshop ``Scales in Plasticity'', November 8 - 14, 2015, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, November 11, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, Homogenizing the Penrose--Fife system via evolutionary $Gamma$-convergence, INdAM Workshop ``Special Materials in Complex Systems -- SMaCS 2015'', May 18 - 20, 2015, Rome, Italy, May 19, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, The Chemical Master Equation as a discretization of the Fokker--Planck and Liouville equation for chemical reactions, Colloquium of Collaborative Research Center/Transregio ``Discretization in Geometry and Dynamics'', Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, Berlin, February 10, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, The Chemical Master Equation as entropic gradient flow, Conference ``New Trends in Optimal Transport'', March 2 - 6, 2015, Universität Bonn, Institut für Angewandte Mathematik, March 2, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, The Fokker--Planck and Liouville equations for chemical reactions as large-volume approximations of the Chemical Master Equation, Workshop ``Stochastic Limit Analysis for Reacting Particle Systems'', December 16 - 18, 2015, WIAS Berlin, Berlin, December 18, 2015.

  • A. Mielke, Variational approaches and methods for dissipative material models with multiple scales, Workshop ``Analysis and Computation of Microstructure in Finite Plasticity'', May 4 - 5, 2015, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, Bonn, May 4, 2015.

  • C. Kreisbeck, Thin-film limits of functionals on A-free vector fields and applications, Workshop on Trends in Non-Linear Analysis 2014, July 31 - August 1, 2014, Instituto Superior Técnico, Departamento de Matemática, Lisbon, Portugal, August 1, 2014.

  • C. Kreisbeck, Thin-film limits of functionals on A-free vector fields and applications, XIX International Symposium on Trends in Applications of Mathematics to Mechanics (STAMM 2014), September 8 - 11, 2014, The International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (ISIMM), Poitiers, France, September 9, 2014.

  • C. Kreisbeck, Thin-film limits of functionals on A-free vector fields and applications, Oberseminar ``Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften'', Universität Würzburg, Institut für Mathematik, July 16, 2014.

  • S. Reichelt, Effective equations for reaction-diffusion systems in strongly heterogeneous media, 7th International Workshop on Multi-Rate Processes & Hysteresis, 2nd International Workshop on Hysteresis and Slow-Fast Systems (MURPHYS-HSFS-2014), April 7 - 11, 2014, WIAS Berlin, April 10, 2014.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization of nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems involving different diffusion length scales, scshape Matheon Multiscale Seminar, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, December 3, 2014.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization of reaction-diffusion systems with small diffusion, 13th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, January 17 - 18, 2014, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Mechanik - Materialtheorie, January 18, 2014.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization of reaction-diffusion systems with small diffusion, The 10th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Special Session 8: Emergence and Dynamics of Patterns in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations from Mathematical Science, July 7 - 11, 2014, Madrid, Spain, July 8, 2014.

  • S. Neukamm, Optimal quantitative two-scale expansion in stochastic homogenization, 13th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, January 17 - 18, 2014, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Lehrstuhl für Mechanik - Materialtheorie, January 18, 2014.

  • M. Thomas, Thermomechanical modeling of dissipative processes in elastic media via energy and entropy, The 10th AIMS Conference on Dynamical Systems, Differential Equations and Applications, Special Session 8: Emergence and Dynamics of Patterns in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations from Mathematical Science, July 7 - 11, 2014, Madrid, Spain, July 8, 2014.

  • B. Wagner, Asymptotic analysis of interfacial evolution, BMS-WIAS Summer School ``Applied Analysis for Materials'', August 25 - September 5, 2014, Berlin Mathematical School, Technische Universität Berlin.

  • A. Mielke, S. Reichelt, M. Thomas, Pattern formation in systems with multiple scales, Evaluation of the DFG Collaborative Research Center 910 ``Control of Self-organizing Nonlinear Systems: Theoretical Methods and Concepts of Application'', Berlin, June 30 - July 1, 2014.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary Gamma convergence and amplitude equations, 85th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2014), Session on Applied Analysis, March 10 - 14, 2014, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, March 13, 2014.

  • A. Mielke, Homogenization of parabolic gradient systems via evolutionary $Gamma$-convergence, Second Workshop of the GAMM Activity Group on ``Analysis of Partial Differential Equations'', September 29 - October 1, 2014, Universität Stuttgart, Institut für Analysis, Dynamik und Modellierung, September 30, 2014.

  • A. Mielke, Modeling jumps in rate-independent systems using balanced-viscosity solutions, 7th International Workshop on Multi-Rate Processes & Hysteresis, 2nd International Workshop on Hysteresis and Slow-Fast Systems (MURPHYS-HSFS-2014), April 7 - 11, 2014, WIAS Berlin, April 8, 2014.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale modeling and evolutionary Gamma-convergence for gradient flows, BMS-WIAS Summer School ``Applied Analysis for Materials'', August 25 - September 5, 2014, Berlin Mathematical School, Technische Universität Berlin.

  • A. Mielke, On the microscopic origin of generalized gradient structures for reaction-diffusion systems, XIX International Symposium on Trends in Applications of Mathematics to Mechanics (STAMM 2014), September 8 - 11, 2014, The International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (ISIMM), Poitiers, France, September 11, 2014.

  • S. Neukamm, Characterization and approximation of macroscopic properties in elasticity with homogenization, 4th British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium, Potsdam, March 6 - 9, 2014.

  • S. Neukamm, Characterization and approximation of macroscopic properties with homogenization, 4th British-German Frontiers of Science Symposium, March 6 - 9, 2014, Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Potsdam, March 7, 2014.

  • S. Neukamm, Homogenization of nonlinear bending plates, Workshop ``Relaxation, Homogenization, and Dimensional Reduction in Hyperelasticity'', March 25 - 27, 2014, Université Paris-Nord, France, March 26, 2014.

  • S. Neukamm, Homogenization of slender structures in small-strain regimes, 14th Dresden Polymer Discussion, Meißen, May 25 - 28, 2014.

  • K. Disser, On gradient structures for Markov chains and the passage to Wasserstein gradient flows, BMS Intensive Course on Evolution Equations and their Applications, November 27 - 29, 2013, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin Mathematical School, November 28, 2013.

  • K. Disser, Passage to the limit of the entropic gradient structure of reversible Markov processes to the Wasserstein Fokker--Planck equation, Oberseminar Analysis, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Institut für Mathematik, Halle, November 20, 2013.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of degenerated reaction-diffusion equations, Doktorandenforum der Leibniz-Gemeinschaft, Sektion D, Berlin, June 6 - 7, 2013.

  • S. Reichelt, Introduction to homogenization concepts, Freie Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, April 11, 2013.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization of nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems with small diffusion, Workshop on Control of Self-Organizing Nonlinear Systems, August 28 - 30, 2013, SFB 910 ``Control of self-organizing nonlinear systems: Theoretical methods and concepts of application'', Lutherstadt Wittenberg, August 30, 2013.

  • S. Reichelt, Two-scale homogenization in nonlinear reaction-diffusion systems with small diffusion, BMS Intensive Course on Evolution Equations and their Applications, November 27 - 29, 2013, Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin Mathematical School, November 28, 2013.

  • P. Gussmann, Linearized elasticity as $Gamma$-limit of finite elasticity in the case of cracks, 84th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics, Section ``Applied Analysis'', March 18 - 22, 2013, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, March 20, 2013.

  • CH. Kraus, Sharp interface limit of a diffuse interface model of Navier--Stokes--Allen--Cahn type for mixtures, Workshop ``Hyperbolic Techniques for Phase Dynamics'', June 10 - 14, 2013, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, June 11, 2013.

  • M. Thomas, Mathematical modeling, analysis and optimization of strained germanium microbridges, sc Matheon Center Days, Technische Universität Berlin, November 5, 2013.

  • H. Hanke, Derivation of an effective damage model with evolving micro-structure, Oberseminar zur Analysis, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Fachbereich Mathematik, Essen, January 29, 2013.

  • H. Hanke, Derivation of an effective damage model with non-periodic evolving micro-structure, 12th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, February 8 - 9, 2013, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, February 9, 2013.

  • A. Mielke, Introduction to evolutionary Gamma convergence for gradient systems, School ``Multi-scale and Multi-field Representations of Condensed Matter Behavior'', November 25 - 29, 2013, Centro di Ricerca Matematica ``Ennio De Giorgi'', Pisa, Italy.

  • A. Mielke, Deriving the Ginzburg--Landau equation as amplitude equation via evolutionary Gamma convergence, ERC Workshop on Variational Views on Mechanics and Materials, June 24 - 26, 2013, University of Pavia, Department of Mathematics, Italy, June 26, 2013.

  • A. Mielke, Emergence of rate independence in gradient flows with wiggly energies, SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science (MS13), Minisymposium ``The Origins of Hysteresis in Materials'' (MS56), June 9 - 12, 2013, Philadelphia, USA, June 12, 2013.

  • A. Mielke, Evolutionary Gamma convergence and amplitude equations, sc Matheon Multiscale Seminar, Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, April 8, 2013.

  • A. Mielke, On entropy-driven dissipative quantum mechanical systems, Analysis and Stochastics in Complex Physical Systems, March 20 - 22, 2013, Universität Leipzig, Mathematisches Institut, March 21, 2013.

  • A. Mielke, Rate-independent plasticity as vanishing-viscosity limit for wiggly energy landscape, Workshop on Evolution Problems for Material Defects: Dislocations, Plasticity, and Fracture, September 30 - October 4, 2013, International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste, Italy, September 30, 2013.

  • P. Gussmann, Linearisierte Elastizität als Grenzwert finiter Elastizität im Falle von Schlitzgebieten, Jahrestagung der Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), Studierendenkonferenz, September 17 - 20, 2012, Universität des Saarlandes, Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik, Saarbrücken, September 20, 2012.

  • S. Heinz, Quasiconvexity equals rank-one convexity for isotropic sets of 2x2 matrices, 11th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, January 20 - 21, 2012, Universität Duisburg-Essen, January 20, 2012.

  • S. Heinz, Regularization and relaxation of time-continuous problems in plasticity, 11th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, Universität Duisburg-Essen, January 20 - 21, 2012.

  • S. Heinz, Rigorous derivation of a dissipation for laminate microstructures, 83th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2012), Session on Material Modelling in Solid Mechanics, March 26 - 30, 2012, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachbereich Mathematik, March 27, 2012.

  • M. Liero, Interfaces in reaction-diffusion systems, Seminar ``Dünne Schichten'', Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, February 9, 2012.

  • H. Hanke, Derivation of an effective damage evolution model, ``A sc Matheon Multiscale Workshop'', Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, April 20, 2012.

  • H. Hanke, Derivation of an effective damage evolution model using two-scale convergence techniques, 83th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM 2012), Session on Damage Processes and Contact Problems, March 26 - 30, 2012, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachbereich Mathematik, March 29, 2012.

  • A. Mielke, From small-strain to finite-strain elastoplasticity via evolutionary Gamma convergence, Variational Models and Methods for Evolution, September 10 - 12, 2012, Centro Internazionale per la Ricerca Matematica (CIRM) and Istituto di Matematica Applicata e Tecnologie Informatiche/Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (IMATI-CNR), Levico, Italy, September 11, 2012.

  • A. Mielke, Gamma convergence and evolution, International Conference ``Trends in Mathematical Analysis'', March 1 - 3, 2012, Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Matematica ``F. Brioschi'', Italy, March 1, 2012.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale gradient systems and their amplitude equations, Workshop ``Dynamics of Patterns'', December 17 - 21, 2012, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, December 18, 2012.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale modeling for evolutionary systems via Gamma convergence, NDNS$^+$ Summer School in Applied Analysis, June 18 - 20, 2012, University of Twente, Applied Analysis & Mathematical Physics, Enschede, Netherlands.

  • A. Mielke, Small-strain elastoplasticity is the evolutionary Gamma limit of finite-strain elastoplasticity, International Symposium on Trends in Applications of Mathematics to Mechanics (STAMM 2012), September 3 - 6, 2012, Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Haifa, September 4, 2012.

  • S. Reichelt, Homogenization of reaction-diffusion problems, SFB 910 Symposium ``Pattern Formation and Instabilities in Systems with Multiple Scales'', Technische Universität Berlin, Institut für Theoretische Physik, November 25, 2011.

  • A. Mielke, An evolutionary elastoplastic plate model obtained via Mosco convergence, 10th GAMM Seminar on Microstructures, January 20 - 22, 2011, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachbereich Mathematik, January 22, 2011.

  • A. Mielke, Geometry and thermodynamics for the coupling of quantum mechanics and dissipative systems, Workshop ``Applied Dynamics and Geometric Mechanics'', August 15 - 19, 2011, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, August 16, 2011.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale problems in systems driven by functionals, ISAM-TopMath Summer School 2011 on Variational Methods, September 12 - 16, 2011, Technische Universität München, Fakultät für Mathematik.

  • A. Mielke, Remarks on evolutionary multiscale systems driven by functionals, Intellectual Challenges in Multiscale Modeling of Solids, July 4 - 5, 2011, Oxford University, Mathematical Institute, UK, July 4, 2011.

  • A. Mielke, Mathematical approaches to thermodynamic modeling, Autumn School on Mathematical Principles for and Advances in Continuum Mechanics, November 7 - 12, 2011, Centro di Ricerca Matematica ``Ennio De Giorgi'', Pisa, Italy.

  • M. Thomas, From damage to delamination in nonlinearly elastic materials, 6th Singular Days on Asymptotic Methods for PDEs, April 29 - May 1, 2010, WIAS, May 1, 2010.

  • M. Thomas, From damage to delamination in nonlinearly elastic materials at small strains, Workshop ``Microstructures in Solids: From Quantum Models to Continua'', March 14 - 20, 2010, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, March 18, 2010.

  • CH. Kraus, An inhomogeneous, anisotropic and elastically modified Gibbs-Thomson law as singular limit of a diffuse interface model, 81st Annual Meeting of the International Association of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics (GAMM), March 22 - 26, 2010, Karlsruhe, March 23, 2010.

  • CH. Kraus, Inhomogeneous and anisotropic phase-field quantities in the sharp interface limit, 6th Singular Days 2010, April 29 - May 1, 2010, WIAS, Berlin, April 30, 2010.

  • A. Mielke, A mathematical model for the evolution of microstructures in elastoplasticity, Fifth International Conference on Multiscale Materials Modeling, Symposium on Mathematical Methods, October 4 - 8, 2010, Fraunhofer Institut für Werkstoffmechanik (IWM), Freiburg, October 4, 2010.

  • A. Mielke, Rate-independent plasticity as Gamma limit of a slow viscous gradient flow for wiggly discrete energy, Zwei-Städte-Kolloquium zur Analysis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Fachbereich Mathematik, November 26, 2010.

  • A. Mielke, Rate-independent plasticity as Gamma limit of a slow viscous gradient flow for wiggly energies, Nečas Seminar on Continuum Mechanics, Jindrich Nečas Center for Mathematical Modeling, Prague, Czech Republic, November 8, 2010.

  • M. Thomas, Rate-independent damage and delamination processes, Workshop ``Rate-independent Systems: Modeling, Analysis, and Computations'', August 30 - September 3, 2010, Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS), Canada, August 31, 2010.

  • H. Hanke, Gamma-limits in rate-independent evolutionary problems and homogenization in gradient plasticity, DK-Seminar ``Numerical Simulations in Technical Sciences'', Graz University of Technology, Faculty of Technical Mathematics and Technical Physics, Austria, November 18, 2009.

  • H. Hanke, Homogenization in gradient plasticity, ISIMM Workshop on Mathematical Problems of Solid Mechanics, October 8 - 9, 2009, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Fachbereich Mathematik, October 9, 2009.

  • A. Mielke, Homogenization via Gamma-convergence for hyperbolic problems, Workshop ``The Future for Complexity Sciences'', September 15 - 16, 2009, University of Bath, Department of Mathematical Sciences, UK, September 15, 2009.

  • A. Mielke, Multiscale modeling for energy-driven systems, Workshop on Scale Transitions in Space and Time for Materials, October 19 - 23, 2009, Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands, October 19, 2009.

  • J. Rehberg, Functional analytic properties of the quantum mechanical particle density operator, International Workshop on Quantum Systems and Semiconductor Devices: Analysis, Simulations, Applications, April 20 - 24, 2009, Peking University, School of Mathematical Sciences, Beijing, China, April 21, 2009.

  • J. Rehberg, Quasilinear parabolic equations in distribution spaces, International Conference on Nonlinear Parabolic Problems in Honor of Herbert Amann, May 10 - 16, 2009, Stefan Banach International Mathematical Center, Bedlewo, Poland, May 12, 2009.

  • J. Rehberg, On Schrödinger--Poisson systems, International Conference ``Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations'' (NPDE 2007), September 10 - 15, 2007, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Mechanics of NASU, Yalta, Ukraine, September 13, 2007.

  • J. Rehberg, Über Schrödinger-Poisson-Systeme, Chemnitzer Mathematisches Colloquium, Technische Universität Chemnitz, Fakultät für Mathematik, May 24, 2007.

  • J. Rehberg, The Schrödinger--Poisson system, Colloquium in Honor of Prof. Demuth, September 10 - 11, 2006, Universität Clausthal, September 10, 2006.

  • J. Rehberg, Some analytical ideas concerning the quantum-drift-diffusion systems, Workshop ``Problèmes spectraux non-linéaires et modèles de champs moyens'', April 4 - 8, 2005, Institut Henri Poincaré, Paris, France, April 5, 2005.

  • J. Rehberg, Analysis of macroscopic and quantum mechanical semiconductor models, International Visitor Program ``Nonlinear Parabolic Problems'', August 8 - November 18, 2005, Finnish Mathematical Society (FMS), University of Helsinki, and Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, November 1, 2005.

  • J. Fuhrmann, H.-Chr. Kaiser, Th. Koprucki, G. Schmidt, Electronic states in semiconductor nanostructures and upscaling to semi-classical models, Evaluation Colloquium of the DFG Priority Program ``Analysis, Modeling and Simulation of Multiscale Problems'', Bad Honnef, May 20 - 21, 2004.

  • M. Baro, H. Gajewski, R. Hünlich, H.-Chr. Kaiser, Optoelektronische Bauelemente: mikroskopische & makroskopische Modelle, MathInside --- Überall ist Mathematik, event of the DFG Research Center ``Mathematics for Key Technologies'' on the occasion of the Open Day of Urania, Berlin, September 13, 2003 - December 3, 2004.

  • J. Rehberg, A combined quantum mechanical and macroscopic model for semiconductors, Workshop on Multiscale problems in quantum mechanics and averaging techniques, December 11 - 12, 2003, Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften, Leipzig, December 12, 2003.

  External Preprints

  • A. Mielke, M.A. Peletier, D.R.M. Renger, A generalization of Onsager's reciprocity relations to gradient flows with nonlinear mobility, Preprint no. arXiv:1510.06219, Cornell University Library, arXiv.org, 2015.
    Abstract
    Onsager's 1931 `reciprocity relations' result connects microscopic time-reversibility with a symmetry property of corresponding macroscopic evolution equations. Among the many consequences is a variational characterization of the macroscopic evolution equation as a gradient-flow, steepest-ascent, or maximal-entropy-production equation. Onsager's original theorem is limited to close-to-equilibrium situations, with a Gaussian invariant measure and a linear macroscopic evolution. In this paper we generalize this result beyond these limitations, and show how the microscopic time-reversibility leads to natural generalized symmetry conditions, which take the form of generalized gradient flows.