Séminaire Analyse Numérique et EDP
On two new constructions of solitary waves of the nonlinear and nonlocally dispersive Whitham equation
May 2024
Intervenant : Mats Ehrnstrom
Institution : NTNU
Heure : 14h00 - 15h00
Lieu : 3L8

Solitary waves in dispersive and water wave equations are often constructed using either constrained minimisation or pertubative techniques around a trivial flow. In both cases, the resulting waves are typically small, because of nonlinear control. We present here two new proofs for existence of solitary waves in the nonlinear and nonlocal evolution equation

$$u_t + L u_x + u u_x = 0, \qquad \mathcal{F} (Lu)(\xi) = \left( \frac{\tanh(\xi)}{\xi} \right)^{1/2} \mathcal{F} u(\xi),$$

also called the Whitham equation. The first proof is based on a priori estimates of periodic waves of all heights, and uses a limiting argument in the periodic to obtain a family of solitary waves up to the highest wave. The second uses a maximisation technique perhaps not earlier used in the water wave setting, where the dispersive part of the energy functional is maximised whereas remaining terms are held as a constraint in an Orlicz space constructed directly for this purpose. That is in many respects an L^p-based maximisation technique. We find in the second work small and intermediate-sized waves, although not necessarily a highest solitary wave.

The first work is joint with K. Nik and C. Walker; the second with A. Stefanov and M. N. Arnesen.

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