Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
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M. Di Francesco - D. Matthes

Curves of steepest descent are entropy solutions for a class of degenerate convection-diffusion equations

created by difrancesco on 03 Aug 2012


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Inserted: 3 aug 2012
Last Updated: 3 aug 2012

Year: 2012


We consider a nonlinear degenerate convection-diffusion equation with inhomogeneous convection and prove that its entropy solutions in the sense of Kru\v{z}kov are obtained as the - a posteriori unique - limit points of the JKO variational approximation scheme for an associated gradient flow in the $L^2$-Wasserstein space. The equation lacks the necessary convexity properties which would allow to deduce well-posedness of the initial value problem by the abstract theory of metric gradient flows. Instead, we prove the entropy inequality directly by variational methods and conclude uniqueness by doubling of the variables.


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