Young Researchers Workshop: Kinetic theory with applications in physical sciences

Enhanced dissipation and hypoellipticity in shear flows

Michele Coti Zelati

University of Maryland


We analyze the decay and instant regularization properties of the evolution semigroups generated by two-dimensional drift-diffusion equations in which the scalar is advected by a shear flow and dissipated by full or partial diffusion. We consider both the case of space-periodic and the case of a bounded channel with no-flux boundary conditions. In the infinite P├ęclet number limit, our work quantifies the enhanced dissipation effect due to the shear. We also obtain hypoelliptic regularization, showing that solutions are instantly Gevrey regular even with only partial diffusion.