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# The local well-posedness for nonlinear fourth-order Schrödinger equation with mass-critical nonlinearity and derivative

Cuihua Guo1*, Shulin Sun2 and Hongping Ren3

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1 School of Mathematical Science, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi, 030006, China

2 School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, Shanxi, 041004, China

3 School of Applied Science, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan, 030024, China

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Boundary Value Problems 2014, 2014:90  doi:10.1186/1687-2770-2014-90

 Received: 9 January 2014 Accepted: 4 April 2014 Published: 6 May 2014

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### Abstract

We study the Cauchy problem of the nonlinear fourth-order Schrödinger equation with mass-critical nonlinearity and derivative: , , , where a, b, and c are real numbers. We obtain the local well-posedness for the Cauchy problem with low regularity initial value data by the Fourier restriction norm method.

##### Keywords:
nonlinear fourth-order Schrödinger equation with derivative; Fourier restriction norm method; Cauchy problem

### 1 Introduction

In [1], Fibich et al. discussed the following fourth-order Schrödinger equation:

(1.1)

They gave the sufficient conditions of the existence of solutions in the space . For the case , the mass is still invariant under the scaling . We call this case mass-critical.

Meanwhile, in [1], Fibich et al. mentioned the physical motivation of (1.1). With nonparaxial effects, one obtained the perturbed nonlinear Schrödinger equation:

(1.2)

Furthermore, with vectorial effects, one obtained the following equation:

(1.3)

Evidently, the nonlinearities with derivatives appear. It is well known that nonlinearities with derivatives bring about more difficulties to solve the problem for us. Especially, there are so many nonlinearities with derivatives in (1.2) and (1.3).

So, in this paper we will study the following nonlinear fourth-order Schrödinger equation with mass-critical nonlinearity and two-order derivative in one dimension:

(1.4)

where are complex-valued function, is the complex conjugate quantity of . a, b, and c are real numbers. We are interested in obtaining the well-posedness for the Cauchy problem of (1.1) with initial value data under low regularity (which means , ). Tao et al. obtained the global well-posedness for the Schrödinger equations with derivative () by the I-method (see [2,3]). Bourgain obtained the well-posedness for the nonlinear Schrödinger equation () by the Fourier restriction norm method (see [4]). The character of (1.4) lies in the coexistence of the mass-critical nonlinearity and the two-order derivative. We will discuss the local well-posedness for the fourth-order Schrödinger equation by the Fourier restriction norm method.

For the complicated case, we will discuss it in another paper.

First, we introduce the following notations. We define the Sobolev norms by

where , and denotes the Fourier transformation of .

We also define the spaces (see [5]) on by

where denotes the Fourier transformation of .

We denote by () the fundamental solution operator of the fourth-order Schrödinger equation, i.e.,

where denotes the Fourier transformation of φ, and represents the inverse Fourier transformation.

We use C to denote various constants which may be different from in particular cases of use throughout.

The main result of this paper is the following theorem.

Theorem 1.1Let, . Then the system (1.4) is locally solvable in, i.e., for any, there exists a correspondingsuch that the system (1.4) has a unique solution in the class

Moreover, the mappingis Lipschitz continuous fromto.

In [6], Cui et al. obtained the local well-posedness with the initial condition satisfying , for in (1.4).

Thus from the above theorem, we can see the following result.

Remark 1.1 When mass-critical nonlinearity and nonlinearity with derivative appear at the same time, nonlinearity with second-order derivative plays more important role. This property is consistent with the classical Schrödinger equation which has both mass-critical nonlinearity and first-order derivative nonlinearity.

### 2 The preliminary estimates

Definition 2.1 For two integers and , we say that is an admissible pair if the following condition is satisfied:

We have the following Strichartz estimate (see [6]): For any admissible pair

(2.1)

Lemma 2.1Assume thatis an admissible pair. Let. We have

(2.2)

For any, we have

(2.3)

(2.4)

where.

Proof Firstly, we prove the inequality (2.2).

For any , we have

where .

Noting that , using the Strichartz estimate, we obtain

Next we prove (2.3), we only need to prove that for we have

(2.5)

(2.6)

Changing the variable to , we obtain

(2.7)

From (2.6) and (2.7), we can obtain

so that (2.5) holds.

Similarly, (2.4) follows from the following inequality:

This inequality has been proved in Theorem 4.1 of [7]. We omit its detailed proof here. □

Lemma 2.2Iffor. Then we have

(2.8)

whereis as same as in Lemma 2.1.

Proof Noting that is an admissible pair, so we have

(2.9)

Therefore, using (2.7), Minkowski’s inequality, (2.9), and taking , we can obtain

(2.10)

By interpolation [8] between (2.10) and the following relation:

we immediately obtain for all

□

We take a function with on and . We denote .

Similar to the proof of Lemma 3.2 in [9] (or see [[10], Lemmas 3.1-3.3], [[11], Lemma 2.3], [[12], Lemma 2.7]), we have the following estimates.

Lemma 2.3For any reals, , , and. We have

Lemma 2.4[12]

Iff, , , andbelong to a Schwartz space on, then we have

where

Lemma 2.5Let, , . Then we have

(2.11)

Proof By the definition of and duality, the inequality (2.11) is reduced to the following estimate:

for all , where

Let , , .

Without loss of generality, we can assume that , for .

We split the domain of integration into two cases and .

Case I. Assume that .

Noting that , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.1, we obtain

Case II. Assume that .

Subcase 1. Assume that . Then we have .

Noting that , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.2, we obtain

Subcase 2. Assume that . We split this domain of integration in several pieces.

Assume that .

Similar to the proof of subcase 1, noting that , , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.2, we obtain

Assume that .

In this case, the proof is similar to that of the above case, so here we omit the detailed proof.

Assume that .

In this case, we easily get

(2.12)

By a straightforward calculation, we can obtain

(2.13)

3.0: Assume that , so holds.

Noting that , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.1, we obtain

3.1: Assume that . By (2.10) and (2.11), we immediately obtain .

Noting that , , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.1, we obtain

3.2: Assume that .

The proof is similar to that of the case 3.1, so here omit the detailed proof.

3.3: Assume that . By (2.10) and (2.11), we immediately obtain .

Noting that , , by Lemma 2.4, the Hölder inequality, and Lemma 2.1, we obtain

□

Lemma 2.6Let, . Then we have the following inequality:

(2.14)

Proof Firstly, we prove (2.14) holds for .

By the definition, the Hölder inequality, and the Sobolev inequality, we have

(2.15)

That means

(2.16)

Again using the Hölder inequality, the Sobolev inequality in the variable x, and Lemma 2.1, we obtain

(2.17)

where , , , , is admissible pair.

Combining (2.16) and (2.17), we obtain

(2.18)

Secondly, using the Leibniz rule for fractional power, in a similar way, we obtain

(2.19)

where , , , , is admissible pair for .

Taking , , ; and for some , , , ; , , , for in (2.19), noting and , we obtain

(2.20)

which completes the proof. □

### 3 Proof of main result

Proof of Theorem 1.1 We will prove Theorem 1.1 by using the Banach fixed point theorem. Let . We rewrite (1.4) in integral form:

(3.1)

We denote

and define a mapping S as follows: For ,

In the sequel we will prove that S is well defined and it is a contraction map on Z.

By Lemma 2.3 and Lemmas 2.5-2.6, for , we obtain

If we take δ such that , then .

Similarly, for , in an analogous way to the above, we can obtain

Furthermore, if we take δ such that then S is a contraction mapping of Z into itself. The desired result immediately follows from Banach’s fixed point theorem. That means that there is a unique solution which solves the Cauchy problem (1.4) for . The Lipschitz continuousness from to is easily obtained from the above proof process. □

### Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

### Authors’ contributions

The authors declare that the study was realized in collaboration with the same responsibility. All authors read and approved the final manuscript.

### Acknowledgements

This work is supported by Natural Science of Shanxi province (No. 2013011003-2, No. 2013011002-2 and No. 2010011001-1), Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11071149), Research Project Supported by Shanxi Scholarship Council of China (No. 2011-011).

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