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We study the singular limit of a system of partial differential equations which is a model for an aggregation of amoebae subjected to three effects: diffusion, growth and chemotaxis. The limit problem involves motion by mean curvature together with a nonlocal drift term. We consider rather general initial data. We prove a generation of interface property and study the motion of interfaces. We also obtain an optimal estimate of the thickness and the location of the transition layer that develops.
We prove some Schauder-type estimates and an invariant Harnack inequality for a class of degenerate evolution operators of Kolmogorov type. We also prove a Gaussian lower bound for the fundamental solution of the operator and a uniqueness result for the Cauchy problem. The proof of the lower bound is obtained by solving a suitable optimal control problem and using the invariant Harnack inequality.
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