On the Instability of Solitary-wave Solutions for Fifth-order Water Wave Models
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This work presents new results about the instability of solitary-wave solutions to a generalized fifth-order Korteweg-deVries equation of the form
ut + uxxxxx + buxxx = (G(u, ux, uxx))x,
where G(q, r, s) = Fq(q, r) - rFqr(q, r) - sFrr(q, r) for some F(q, r) which is homogeneous of degree p + 1 for some p > 1. This model arises, for example, in the mathematical description of phenomena in water waves and magneto-sound propagation in plasma. The existence of a class of solitary-wave solutions is obtained by solving a constrained minimization problem in H2(ℝ) which is based in results obtained by Levandosky. The instability of this class of solitary-wave solutions is determined for b ≠ 0, and it is obtained by making use of the variational characterization of the solitary waves and a modification of the theories of instability established by Shatah & Strauss, Bona & Souganidis & Strauss and Gonçalves Ribeiro. Moreover, our approach shows that trajectories used to exhibit instability will be uniformly bounded in H2(ℝ).
CitationAngulo Pava, J. (2003). On the instability of solitary-wave solutions for fifth-order water wave models. Electronic Journal of Differential Equations, 2003(06), pp. 1-18.
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