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A stability criterion for the non-linear wave equation with spatial inhomogeneity

Derks, G. and Knight, CJK (2015) A stability criterion for the non-linear wave equation with spatial inhomogeneity Journal of Differential Equations.

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Abstract

In this paper the non-linear wave equation with a spatial inhomogeneity is considered. The inhomogeneity splits the unbounded spatial domain into three or more intervals, on each of which the non-linear wave equation is homogeneous. In such setting, there often exist multiple stationary fronts. In this paper we present a necessary and sufficient stability criterion in terms of the length of the middle interval(s) and the energy associated with the front in these interval(s). To prove this criterion, it is shown that critical points of the length function and zeros of the linearisation have the same order. Furthermore, the Evans function is used to identify the stable branch. The criterion is illustrated with an example which shows the existence of bi-stability: two stable fronts, one of which is non-monotonic. The Evans function also give a sufficient instability criterion in terms of the derivative of the length function.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
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Derks, G.G.Derks@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Knight, CJKUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 8 June 2015
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.jde.2015.06.011
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 10:54
Last Modified : 20 Jul 2017 11:00
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/807873

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