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Nonlinear Modulational Instability of Dispersive PDE Models

Zhiwu Lin
Institution: 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Schedule: 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 14:00 to 15:00
Location: 
A-005
Location: 
Room A-005 and online
Abstract: 
We prove nonlinear modulational instability for both periodic and localized perturbations of periodic traveling waves for several dispersive PDEs, including the KDV type equations (e.g. the Whitham equation, the generalized KDV equation, the Benjamin-Ono equation), the nonlinear Schrödinger equation and the BBM equation. First, the semigroup estimates required for the nonlinear proof are obtained by using the Hamiltonian structures of the linearized PDEs; Second, for KDV type equations the loss of derivative in the nonlinear term is overcome in two complementary cases by constructing higher order approximation solutions or by a bootstrap argument. This is joint work with Jiayin Jin and Shasha Liao.

 

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