Advances in Differential Equations

Pointwise decay for the solutions of degenerate and singular parabolic equations

Petri Juutinen and Peter Lindqvist

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We study the asymptotic behavior, as $t\to\infty$, of the solutions to the evolutionary $p$-Laplace equation \[ v_t={\operatorname{div}}( | {\nabla v} | ^{p-2}\nabla v), \] with time-independent lateral boundary values. We obtain the sharp decay rate of $\max_{x\in{\Omega}} | {v(x,t)-u(x)}| $, where $u$ is the stationary solution, both in the degenerate case $p > 2$ and in the singular case $1 < p > 2$. A key tool in the proofs is the Moser iteration, which is applied to the difference $v(x,t)-u(x)$. In the singular case, we construct an example proving that the celebrated phenomenon of finite extinction time, valid for $v(x,t)$ when $u\equiv 0$, does not have a counterpart for $v(x,t)-u(x)$.

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Adv. Differential Equations, Volume 14, Number 7/8 (2009), 663-684.

First available in Project Euclid: 18 December 2012

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Primary: 35K55: Nonlinear parabolic equations 35K65: Degenerate parabolic equations 35B40: Asymptotic behavior of solutions


Juutinen, Petri; Lindqvist, Peter. Pointwise decay for the solutions of degenerate and singular parabolic equations. Adv. Differential Equations 14 (2009), no. 7/8, 663--684.

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