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On the propagation properties of a nonlinear degenerate parabolic equation



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Herrero, Miguel A. and Vázquez, Juan Luis (1982) On the propagation properties of a nonlinear degenerate parabolic equation. Communications in Partial Differential Equations , 7 (12). pp. 1381-1402. ISSN 0360-5302

Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03605308208820255


In this expository paper the equation (1) ut=div(|∇u|m−1 ∇u) is discussed in one space dimension (N=1). L∞-gradient bounds have been established for arbitrary N by the reviewer and R. Rostamian [Math. Ann. 259 (1982), no. 1, 53–70; Proc. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh Sect. A 91 (1981/82), 335–346], and Theorem 1 in the present paper is a special case. The regularity question has been settled for arbitrary N and for general weak solutions by the reviewer and L. C. Evans ["Continuity for the gradient of the solutions of certain degenerate parabolic equations'', J. Math. Pures Appl. (9), to appear]. We note that for N=1, the case considered here, the space derivative of the solution satisfies the porous medium equation, and so results for the solution to that equation translate into results for the derivative of the solutions of (1). Finally we note that, for semigroup solutions f of (1) the generation theorem in the L∞ setting implies immediately the continuity of the solutions. This observation is due to M. Pierre.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Propagation properties; finite speed; nonlinear diffusion; infiltration; Cauchy problem; porous media equation
Subjects:Sciences > Mathematics > Differential equations
ID Code:18155
Deposited On:04 Feb 2013 09:35
Last Modified:12 Dec 2018 15:08

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