Differential and Integral Equations

Traveling waves of a non-local conservation law

Xinfu Chen and Huiqiang Jiang

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We consider traveling waves related to shocks for a non-local scalar conservation law \[ u_{t}+(f(u))_{x}=K\ast u-u, \] where $f$ is an arbitrary convex function, $K\ast u$ stands for the convolution in the spatial variable $x$, and $K$ is an arbitrary non-negative kernel with unit mass centered at the origin. Given a pair of values at $\pm\infty$ with $u_{-} > u_{+}$, we establish here the existence and uniqueness of a traveling-wave solution $u=\phi\left( x-ct\right) $ such that the wave speed \[ c=\frac{f\left( u_{+}\right) -f\left( u_{-}\right) }{u_{+}-u_{-}} \] and $\phi$, satisfying $\phi\left( \pm\infty\right) =u_{\pm}$, is a smooth decreasing function that can have at most one jump discontinuity at the origin. Our approach here is to consider a family of ``truncated" problems on $\left[ -n,n\right] $ which can be solved using Schauder's fixed-point theorem and then sending $n\rightarrow\infty$.

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Differential Integral Equations, Volume 25, Number 11/12 (2012), 1143-1174.

First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2012

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Primary: 35L65: Conservation laws 35L67: Shocks and singularities [See also 58Kxx, 76L05] 35R09: Integro-partial differential equations [See also 45Kxx]


Chen, Xinfu; Jiang, Huiqiang. Traveling waves of a non-local conservation law. Differential Integral Equations 25 (2012), no. 11/12, 1143--1174. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.die/1356012255

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