Applied Analysis Seminar

Radial solutions to the Cauchy problem for the wave equation as limits of exterior solutions

Date: 3/31/2017
Time: 2:30PM-3:30PM
Place: 315 Armstrong Hall

Charis Tsikkou

Abstract: We consider the strategy of realizing the solution of a Cauchy problem (CP) with radial data as a limit of radial solutions to initial-boundary value problems posed on the exterior of vanishing balls centered at the origin. The goal is to gauge the effectiveness of this approach in a simple, concrete setting: the three-dimensional (3d), linear wave equation with radial Cauchy data. We are primarily interested in this as a model situation for other, 
possibly nonlinear, equations where neither formulae nor abstract existence results are available for the radial symmetric CP. In treating the 3d wave equation we therefore insist on robust arguments based on energy methods and strong convergence. Our findings show that while one can obtain existence of radial Cauchy solutions via exterior solutions, one should not expect such results to be optimal. We also show that external Neumann solutions yield better regularity than external Dirichlet solutions. This is joint work with Helge Kristian Jenssen (PSU)..