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Mathematical Physics Seminar

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Asymptotic stability in the variable-speed $\phi^4$ model
Stanley Snelson, L. E. Dickson Instructor, Mathematics, University of Chicago,
We consider the $\phi^4$ model, a classical nonlinear equation from quantum field theory, with propagation speeds that are small deviations from a constant function. In the constant-speed case, a stationary solution called the kink is known explicitly, and the recent work of Kowalczyk, Martel, and Mu\~noz established the asymptotic stability of the kink with respect to odd perturbations in the natural energy space. In this talk, we will discuss the extension of this result to our class of non-constant propagation speeds. We discuss the proof of existence of the stationary solution, the analysis of the linearization around that solution, and the proof of asymptotic stability, which involves adapting the method of Kowalczyk, Martel, and Mu\~noz from the constant-speed case to the variable-speed case.
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