Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

L. Caravenna - L. V. Spinolo

Schaeffer's regularity theorem for scalar conservation laws does not extend to systems

created by caravenna on 03 May 2015



Inserted: 3 may 2015
Last Updated: 3 may 2015

Year: 2015


Schaeffer's regularity theorem for scalar conservation laws can be loosely speaking formulated as follows. Assume that the flux is uniformly convex, then for a generic smooth initial datum the admissible solution is smooth outside a locally finite number of curves in the (t,x) plane. Here the term `generic' is to be interpreted in a suitable sense, related to the Baire Category Theorem. Whereas other regularity results valid for scalar conservation laws with convex fluxes have been extended to systems of conservation laws with genuinely nonlinear characteristic fields, in this work we exhibit an explicit counterexample which rules out the possibility of extending Schaeffer's Theorem. The analysis relies on careful interaction estimates and uses fine properties of the wave front-tracking approximation.