Title: Maximal Monotonicity and Existence of Nonzero Solutions

Abstract: The theory of maximal monotone operators in Banach spaces

plays an important role in the solvability of a large class of partial differential equations, particularly the ones in divergence form. The talk will begin with an introduction to maximal monotone operators in Hilbert spaces. An extension of the notion to Banach spaces will then be discussed. Among others, examples of maximal monotone operators which appear as the subdifferentials of certain convex functions will be given. Finally, an existence theorem for nonzero solutions of operator equations in Banach spaces will be presented.]]>

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