Constantine Dafermos

Constantine DafermosAlumni-AlumnaeUniversity Professor

e-mail: dafermos@cfm.brown.edu

I work on the interface between continuum mechanics and the theory of partial differential equations. In recent years, my research has focused on nonlinear hyperbolic systems of conservation laws, whose solutions spontaneously develop singularities that propagate as shock waves. I am interested in the interplay between thermodynamics and analysis, in the theory of these sytems, and have been striving to elucidate the fundamental role of entropy, as a stabilizing agent.

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