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Faculty Detail

Peter Miller

Professor

5826 East Hall
Phone:  (734) 647-4473
Email:  millerpd@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Applied Mathematics
  • About

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    My recent work involves the use of careful analysis to study the asymptotic behavior of a number of different mathematical objects relevant in applied mathematics: solutions of certain partial differential equations that are canonical models for nonlinear wave dynamics, orthogonal polynomials of large degree, and statistics of ensembles of random matrices. These different things may all be studied using techniques from the field of integrable systems. The fundamental concept in this field is that certain nonlinear equations may be viewed as compatibility conditions between two or more linear problems.

    In practice, using the integrability for asymptotic analysis means studying the associated linear problems, along with their related inverse problems, in a semiclassical limit. Due to the analytic dependence on an eigenvalue parameter, complex analysis plays an important role in the asymptotics.

    Feel free to visit my webpage (see link above) for more information on the following topics of research:
    - Singular asymptotics for nonlinear waves. Stability of nonlinear waves.
    - Integrable systems, Riemann-Hilbert problems, and methods of algebraic geometry.
    - Asymptotic analysis. Complex analysis, orthogonal polynomials, special functions, and problems of approximation theory.
    - Applications in oceanography and water wave dynamics, planar waveguide optics, optical fiber telecommunications, and random matrix theory.