*Accepted Paper*

**Inserted:** 21 feb 2018

**Last Updated:** 11 oct 2018

**Journal:** Math. Annalen

**Year:** 2018

**Abstract:**

The aim of this paper is to study relaxation rates for the Cahn-Hilliard equation in dimension larger than one. We follow the approach of Otto and Westdickenberg based on the gradient flow structure of the equation and establish differential and algebraic relationships between the energy, the dissipation, and the squared $\dot H^{-1}$ distance to a kink. This leads to a scale separation of the dynamics into two different stages: a first {\it fast} phase of the order $t^{-\frac 1 2}$ where one sees convergence to some kink, followed by a {\it slow} relaxation phase with rate $t^{-\frac 1 4}$ where convergence to the centered kink is observed.

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