Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
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M. Colombo - M. Gobbino

Slow time behavior of the semidiscrete Perona-Malik scheme in dimension one

created by colombom on 18 Dec 2010
modified on 27 May 2012


Accepted Paper

Inserted: 18 dec 2010
Last Updated: 27 may 2012

Journal: SIAM J. Math. Anal.
Pages: 42
Year: 2010


We consider the long time behavior of the semidiscrete scheme for the Perona-Malik equation in dimension one. We prove that approximated solutions converge, in a slow time scale, to solutions of a limit problem. This limit problem evolves piecewise constant functions by moving their plateaus in the vertical direction according to a system of ordinary differential equations. Our convergence result is global-in-time, and this forces us to face the collision of plateaus when the system singularizes. The proof is based on energy estimates and gradient-flow techniques, according to the general idea that ``the limit of the gradient-flows is the gradient-flow of the limit functional''. Our main innovations are a uniform H\"{o}lder estimate up to the first collision time included, a well preparation result with a careful analysis of what happens at discrete level during collisions, and renormalizing the functionals after each collision in order to have a nontrivial Gamma-limit for all times.


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