Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

E. Bruè - M. Colombo - C. De Lellis

Positive solutions of transport equations and classical nonuniqueness of characteristic curves

created by bruè on 18 Mar 2020
modified on 25 Dec 2022


Published Paper

Inserted: 18 mar 2020
Last Updated: 25 dec 2022

Journal: Arch. Rat. Mech. Anal.
Year: 2020


The seminal work of DiPerna and Lions DL89 guarantees the existence and uniqueness of regular Lagrangian flows for Sobolev vector fields. The latter is a suitable selection of trajectories of the related ODE satisfying additional compressibilitysemigroup properties. A long-standing open question is whether the uniqueness of the regular Lagrangian flow is a corollary of the uniqueness of the trajectory of the ODE for a.e. initial datum. Using Ambrosio's superposition principle we relate the latter to the uniqueness of positive solutions of the continuity equation and we then provide a negative answer using tools introduced by Modena and Székelyhidi in the recent groundbreaking work MoSz2019. On the opposite side, we introduce a new class of asymmetric Lusin-Lipschitz inequalities and use them to prove the uniqueness of positive solutions of the continuity equation in an integrability range which goes beyond the DiPerna-Lions theory.