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Almost Periodic Viscosity Solutions of Nonlinear Parabolic Equations

Shilin Zhang and Daxiong Piao*

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School of Mathematical Sciences, Ocean University of China, Qingdao 266071, China

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Boundary Value Problems 2009, 2009:873526  doi:10.1155/2009/873526


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Received:26 March 2009
Accepted:9 June 2009
Published:14 July 2009

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We generalize the comparison result 2007 on Hamilton-Jacobi equations to nonlinear parabolic equations, then by using Perron's method to study the existence and uniqueness of time almost periodic viscosity solutions of nonlinear parabolic equations under usual hypotheses.

1. Introduction

In this paper we will study the time almost periodic viscosity solutions of nonlinear parabolic equations of the form

(11)

where is a bounded open subset and is its boundary. Here and denotes the set of symmetric matrices equipped with its usual order (i.e., for , we say that if and only if ); and denote the gradient and Hessian matrix, respectively, of the function w.r.t the argument . is almost periodic in . Most notations and notions of this paper relevant to viscosity solutions are borrowed from the celebrated paper of Crandall et al. [1]. Bostan and Namah [2] have studied the time periodic and almost periodic viscosity solutions of first-order Hamilton-Jacobi equations. Nunziante considered the existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions of parabolic equations with discontinuous time dependence in [3, 4], but the time almost periodic viscosity solutions of parabolic equations have not been studied yet as far as we know. We are going to use Perron's Method to study the existence of time almost periodic viscosity solutions of (1.1). Perron's Method was introduced by Ishii [5] in the proof of existence of viscosity solutions of first-order Hamilton-Jacobi equations, Crandall et al. had applications of Perron's Method to second-order partial differential equations in [1] except to parabolic case.

To study the existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions of (1.1), we will use some results on the Cauchy-Dirichlet problem of the form

(12)

where is given. Crandall et al. studied the comparison result of the Cauchy-Dirichlet problem in [1], and it follows the maximum principle of Crandall and Ishii [6].

This paper is structured as follows. In Section 2, we present the definition and some properties of almost periodic functions. In Section 3, first we list some hypotheses and some results that will be used for existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions, here we give an improvement of comparison result in paper [2] to fit for second-order parabolic equations; then we prove the uniqueness and existence of time almost periodic viscosity solutions. In the end, we concentrate on the asymptotic behavior of time almost periodic solutions for large frequencies.

2. Almost Periodic Functions

In this section we recall the definition and some fundamental properties of almost periodic functions. For more details on the theory of almost periodic functions and its application one can refer to Corduneanu [7] or Fink [8].

Proposition 2.1.

Let be a continuous function. The following conditions are equivalent:

(i) such that satisfying

(21)

(ii) there is a trigonometric polynomial where such that

(iii)for all real sequence there is a subsequence such that converges uniformly on

Definition 2.2.

One saysthat a continuous function is almost periodicif and only if satisfies one of the three conditions of Proposition 2.1.

A number verifying (2.1) is called almost period. By using Proposition 2.1 we get the following property of almost periodic functions.

Proposition 2.3.

Assume that is almost periodic. Then is bounded uniformly continuous function.

Proposition 2.4.

Assume that is almost periodic. Then converges as uniformly with respect to Moreover the limit does not depend on and it is called the average of :

(22)

Proposition 2.5.

Assume that is almost periodic and denote by a primitive of . Then is almost periodic if and only if is bounded.

For the goal of applications to the differential equations, Yoshizawa [9] extended almost periodic functions to so called uniformly almost periodic functions.

Definition 2.6 ([9]).

One says that is almost periodic in uniformly with respect to if is continuous in uniformly with respect to and such that all interval of length contain a number which is almost periodic for

(23)

3. Almost Periodic Viscosity Solutions

In this section we get some results for almost periodic viscosity solutions.

We consider the following two equations to get some results used for the existence and uniqueness of almost periodic viscosity solutions. That is, the Dirichlet problems of the form

(31)

(32)

in (3.2) is an arbitrary open subset of .

In [1], Crandall et al. proved such a theorem.

Theorem 3.1 (see [1]).

Let be a locally compact subset of for

(33)

and be twice continuously differentiable in a neighborhood of Set

(34)

and suppose is a local maximum of relative to Then for each there exists such that

(35)

and the block diagonal matrix with entries satisfies

(36)

where

Put where recall that then, from Theorem 3.1, at a local maximum of , we have

(37)

We conclude that for each there exists such that

(38)

Choosing one can get

(39)

To prove the existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions, let us see the following main hypotheses first.

As in Crandall et al. [1], we present a fundamental monotonicity condition of , that is,

(310)

where . Then we will say that is proper.

Assume there exists such that

(311)

and there is a function that satisfies such that

(312)

Now we can easily prove the following result. There is a similar result for first-order Hamilton-Jacobi equations in the book of Barles [10].

Lemma 3.2.

Assume that and is a viscosity subsolution (resp., supersolution) of Then is a viscosity subsolution (resp., supersolution) of

Proof.

Since is a viscosity subsolution of if and local maximum of , we have

(313)

Now we prove that if is a local maximum of in , then

(314)

Suppose that is a strict local maximum of in we consider the function

(315)

for small Then we know that the function has a local maximum point such that and when . So at the point we deduce that

(316)

As the term is positive, so we obtain

(317)

The results following upon letting This process can be easily applied to the viscosity supersolution case.

By time periodicity one gets the following.

Proposition 3.3.

Assume that and are periodic such that is a viscosity subsolution (resp., supersolution) of Then is a viscosity subsolution (resp., supersolution) of

Crandall et al. have proved the following two comparison results.

Theorem 3.4 (see [6]).

Let be a bounded open subset of , be proper and satisfy (3.11), (3.12). Let (resp., ) be a subsolution (resp., supersolution) of in and on . Then in .

Theorem 3.5 (see [1]).

Let be open and bounded. Let be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.12) for each fixed with the same function . If is a subsolution of (1.2) and is a supersolution of (1.2), then on

We generalize the comparison result in article [2] for first-order Hamilton-Jacobi equations, and get two theorems for second-order parabolic equations. Let us see a proposition we will need in the proof of the comparison result (see [1]).

Proposition 3.6 (see [1]).

Let be a subset of , and

(318)

for Let and be chosen so that

(319)

Then the following holds:

(320)

Remark 3.7.

In Proposition 3.6, when are replaced by , respectively, we can get the following results:

(321)

Now we have the following.

Theorem 3.8.

Let be open and bounded. Assume be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.11), (3.12) for each fixed Let be bounded u.s.c. subsolution of in respectively, l.s.c. supersolution of in where

(322)

Then one has for all

(323)

where

Proof.

Let us consider the function given by

(324)

where , and As we know that and are bounded semicontinuous in and is open and bounded, we can find for such that here without loss of generality, we can assume that Since is compact, these maxima converge to a point of the form from Remark 3.7. From Theorem 3.1 and its following discussion, there exists such that

(325)

which implies At the maximum point, from the definition of being a subsolution and being a supersolution we arrive at the following:

(326)

by the proper condition of , we have

(327)

as we know that satisfying (3.12) then we deduce that

(328)

hence we get

(329)

where For any consider

(330)

if and otherwise. From hypothesis (3.11) we deduce that is nondecreasing with respect to then we have for all Hence we have

(331)

Notice that we get

(332)

Replacing by in the expression of we know that is integrable and denote by the function After integration one gets

(333)

Now taking instead of for any and letting we can get

(334)

Finally we deduce that for all

(335)

Theorem 3.9.

Let be open and bounded. Assume be continuous, proper, periodic, and satisfy (3.11), (3.12). Let be a bounded time periodic viscosity u.s.c. subsolution of in and a bounded time periodic viscosity l.s.c. supersolution of in where Then one has

(336)

Proof.

As the proof of Theorem 3.8, we get equation (3.34)

(337)

We introduce that By integration by parts we have

(338)

We deduce that for all we have

(339)

Similar to the proof of Corollary 2.2 in paper [2], we can reach the conclusion.

In order to prove the existence of viscosity solution, we recall the the Perron's method as follows (see [1, 5]). To discuss the method, we assume if where then

(340)

Theorem 3.10 (Perron's method).

Let comparison hold for (3.2); that is, if is a subsolution of (3.2) and is a supersolution of (3.2), then Suppose also that there is a subsolution and a supersolution of (3.2) that satisfies the boundary condition for Then

(341)

is a solution of (3.2).

From paper [1], we have the following remarks as a supplement to Theorem 3.10.

Remark 3.11 s.

Notice that the subset in (3.2) in some part of the proof in Theorem 3.10 was just open in . In order to generalize this and formulate the version of Theorem 3.10 we will need later, we now make some remarks. Suppose is locally compact, are defined on and have the following properties: is upper semicontinuous, is lower semicontinuous, and classical solutions (twice continuously differentiable solutions in the pointwise sense) of on relatively open subset of are solutions of Suppose, moreover, that whenever is a solution of on and is a solution of on we have on . Then we conclude that the existence of such a subsolution and supersolution guarantees that there is a unique function , obtained by the Perron's construction, that is a solution of both and on .

Now we will prove the uniqueness and existence of almost periodic viscosity solutions. For the uniqueness we have the following result.

Theorem 3.12.

Let be open and bounded. Assume be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.11), (3.12) for Let be a bounded u.s.c. viscosity subsolution of , and a bounded l.s.c. viscosity supersolution of , where Then one has for all

(342)

Proof.

Take and by using Theorem 3.8 write for all

(343)

where Then the conclusion follows by passing

Now we concentrate on the existence part.

Theorem 3.13.

Let be a bounded open subset in . Assume be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.11), (3.12). Assume that is almost periodic and Then there is a time almost periodic viscosity solution in of (1.1), where is a constant.

Proof.

Here we consider the problem

(344)

for all . As we know that , there exists a viscosity solution of (3.44) from Theorem 3.5 and Remark 3.11. Then we will prove that for all converges to a almost periodic viscosity solution of (1.1). As we already know that we can deduce by Theorem 3.5 that Similar to the proof of Proposition  6.6 in paper [2], using Theorem 3.8, we get for and large enough

(345)

By passing we have and therefore

(346)

Since we already know that by time almost periodicity we deduce also that

When does not satisfy the hypothesis (3.11), we study the time almost periodic viscosity solutions of

(347)

We introduce also the stationary equation

(348)

Then we can prove our main theorem as follows.

Theorem 3.14.

Let be open and bounded. Assume be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.12) for Assume that is almost periodic function such that is bounded on Then there is a bounded time almost periodic viscosity solution of (3.47) and if only if there is a bounded viscosity solution of (3.48).

Proof.

Let , then .Assume that (3.48) has a bounded viscosity solution , we take for , and observe that

(349)

Then by using Perron's Method from Theorem 3.10 and Remark 3.11 we can construct the family of solutions for

(350)

and the family of time almost periodic solutions for

(351)

In fact we have for any and by using Theorem 3.9 we have

(352)

similarly we can get From the above two inequalities we know that the family is bounded, thus we know Therefore we can extract a subsequence which converges uniformly on compact sets of to a bounded uniformly continuous function of (3.47). Next we will check that is almost periodic. By the hypotheses and Proposition 2.5 we deduce that is almost periodic and thus, for all there is such that any interval of length contains an almost period of . Take an interval of length and an almost period of in this interval. We have for all

(353)

After passing to the limit for one gets Hence we prove the almost periodic of .

The converse is similar to Theorem  4.1 in paper [2], it can be easily proved from Theorems 3.8, 3.9, and Remark 3.11.

Now we discuss asymptotic behavior of time almost periodic viscosity solutions for large frequencies, and there is a similar description for Hamilton-Jacobi equations in paper [2]. Let us see the following equation:

(354)

where is almost a periodic function. For all notice that is almost periodic and has the same average as . Now suppose that such a hypothesis exists

(355)

Theorem 3.15.

Let be open and bounded. Assume be continuous, proper, and satisfy (3.12) for and (3.55) where is almost periodic function. Suppose also that there is a bounded l.s.c viscosity supersolution of (3.48), that is bounded and denote by the minimal stationary, respectively, time almost periodic l.s.c. viscosity supersolution of (3.48), respectively, (3.54). Then the sequence converges uniformly on towards and

Proof.

As is almost periodic, we introduce which is also almost periodic. As satisfies in the viscosity sense we deduce that satisfies in the viscosity sense

(356)

which can be rewrote as

(357)

Recall also that we have in the viscosity sense

(358)

By using Theorem 3.9 we deduce that

(359)

and similarly We have for all

(360)

and after passing to the limit for one gets for all

(361)

Finally we deduce that for all

Acknowledgment

The authors appreciate referee's careful reading and valuable suggestions. Partially supported by National Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 10371010).

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