On some connections between domain geometry and blow-up type in a nonlinear heat equation

16 May 2018
Mikołaj Sierżęga

The Fujita equation $u_{t}=\Delta u+u^{p}$, $p>1$, has been a canonical blow-up model for more than half a century. A great deal is known about the singularity formation under a variety of conditions. In particular we know that blow-up behaviour falls broadly into two categories, namely Type I and Type II. The former is generic and stable while the latter is rare and highly unstable. One of the central results in the field states that in the Sobolev subcritical regime, $1<p<\frac{n+2}{n-2}$, $n\geq 3$, only type I is possible whenever the domain is \emph{convex} in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Despite considerable effort the requirement of convexity has not been lifted and it is not clear whether this is an artefact of the methodology or whether the geometry of the domain may actually affect the blow-up type. In my talk I will discuss how the question of the blow-up type for non-convex domains is intimately related to the validity of some Li-Yau-Hamilton inequalities.

  • PDE CDT Lunchtime Seminar