July  2013, 18(5): 1389-1414. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2013.18.1389

Sign-changing solutions of a quasilinear heat equation with a source term

1. 

School of Mathematical Sciences, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030006, China

2. 

Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, United States

Received  June 2012 Revised  August 2012 Published  March 2013

The Cauchy problem of a heat equation with a source term $$ \psi_t=\Delta \left(|\psi|^{m-1}\psi\right)+|\psi|^{\gamma-1}\psi\ \ \mbox{in}\ \ (0, \infty)\times R^n $$ is considered, where $\gamma>m>1$. We are interested in global solutions with H$\ddot{o}$lder continuity which satisfy the equation in the distribution sense, and with a fixed number of sign changes at any given time $ t > 0$. Through detailed analysis of the self-similarity problem, we prove the existence of two type of such solutions, one with compact support and the other decays to zero as $ | x| \rightarrow \infty$ with an algebraic rate determined uniquely by $ n, m$ and $\gamma$. Our results extend previous study on positive self-similar solutions. Moreover, they demonstrate vital difference from the well-studied semi-linear case of $m = 1$.
Citation: Guirong Liu, Yuanwei Qi. Sign-changing solutions of a quasilinear heat equation with a source term. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - B, 2013, 18 (5) : 1389-1414. doi: 10.3934/dcdsb.2013.18.1389
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B. Bettioui and A. Gmira, On the radial solutions of a degenerate quasilinear elliptic equation in $R^N$,, Ann. Fac. Sci. Toulouse, 8 (1999), 411. Google Scholar

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T. Cazenave, F. Dickstein and F.B. Weissler, Sign-changing stationary solutions and blowup for the nonlinear heat equation in a ball, Math. Ann., 344 (2009), 431. doi: 10.1007/s00208-008-0312-6. Google Scholar

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Y.W. Qi, The existence of moving boundary solution of a porous media equation with a source term,, Mathematical Sciences and Applications Gakkōtosho, 6 (1996), 197. Google Scholar

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F.B. Weissler, Existence and nonexistence of global solutions for a semilinear heat equation, Israel J. Math. 38 (1981), 38 (1981), 29. doi: 10.1007/BF02761845. Google Scholar

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E. Yanagida, Uniqueness of rapidly decreasing solutions to the Haraux-Weissler equation,, J. Differential Equations 127 (1996), 127 (1996), 561. doi: 10.1006/jdeq.1996.0083. Google Scholar

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