# Difference between revisions of "Semilinear NLW"

### Semilinear wave equations

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Semilinear wave equations (NLW) and semi-linear Klein-Gordon equations (NLKG) take the form

$\Box f=F(f),\Box f=f+F(f)$ respectively where $F$ is a function only of $f$ and not of its derivatives, which vanishes to more than first order.

Typically $F$ grows like $|f|^{p}$ for some power $p$ . If $F$ is the gradient of some function $V$ , then we have a conserved Hamiltonian

$\int |f_{t}|^{2}/2+|\nabla f|^{2}/2+V(f)\ dx.$ For NLKG there is an additional term of $|f|^{2}/2$ in the integrand, which is useful for controlling the low frequencies of $f$ . If V is positive definite then we call the NLW defocussing; if $V$ is negative definite we call the NLW focussing. The term "coercive" does not have a standard definition, but generally denotes a potential $V$ which is positive for large values of $f$ .

To analyze these equations in $H^{s}$ we need the non-linearity to be sufficiently smooth. More precisely, we will always assume either that $F$ is smooth, or that $F$ is a p^th-power type non-linearity with $p>[s]+1$ .

The scaling regularity is $s_{c}=d/2-2/(p-1)$ . Notable powers of $p$ include the $L^{2}$ -critical power $p_{L^{2}}=1+4/d$ , the $H^{1/2}$ -critical or conformal power p_{H^{1/2}} = 1 + 4/(d-1), and the $H^{1}$ -critical power $p_{H^{1}}=1+4/{d-2}$ .

 Dimension d Strauss exponent (NLKG) $L^{2}$ -critical exponent Strauss exponent (NLW) H^{1/2}-critical exponent H^1-critical exponent 1 3.56155... 5 infinity infinity N/A 2 2.41421... 3 3.56155... 5 infinity 3 2 2.33333... 2.41421... 3 5 4 1.78078... 2 2 2.33333... 3

The following necessary conditions for LWP are known. Firstly, for focussing NLW/NLKG one has blowup in finite time for large data, as can be seen by the ODE method. One can scale this and obtain ill-posedness for any focussing NLW/NLKG in the supercritical regime s < s_c; this has been extended to the defocusing case in [CtCoTa-p2]. By using Lorentz scaling instead of isotropic scaling one can also obtain ill-posedness whenever s is below the conformal regularity

$s_{conf}=(d+1)/4-1/(p-1)$ in the focusing case; the defocusing case is still open. In the $H^{1/2}$ -critical power or below, this condition is stronger than the scaling requirement.

• When $d\geq 2$ and 1 < p < p_{H^{1/2}} with the focusing sign, blowup is known to occur when a certain Lyapunov functional is negative, and the rate of blowup is self-similar MeZaa2003; earlier results are in AntMe2001, CafFri1986, Al1995, KiLit1993, KiLit1993b.

To make sense of the non-linearity in the sense of distributions we need s \geq 0 (indeed we have illposedness below this regularity by a high-to-low cascade, see [CtCoTa-p2]). In the one-dimensional case one also needs the condition $1/2-s<1/p$ to keep the non-linearity integrable, because there is no Strichartz smoothing to exploit.

Finally, in three dimensions one has ill-posedness when $p=2$ and $s=s_{conf}=0$ Lb1993.

• In dimensions d\leq3 the above necessary conditions are also sufficient for LWP.
• For d>4 sufficiency is only known assuming the condition

$p(d/4-s)\leq 1/2((d+3)/2-s)$ (*)

and excluding the double endpoint when (*) holds with equality and s=s_{conf} Ta1999. The main tool is two-scale Strichartz estimates.

• By using standard Strichartz estimates this was proven with (*) replaced by
$p((d+1)/4-s)\leq (d+1)/2d((d+3)/2-s)$ ; (**)

see KeTa1998 for the double endpoint when (**) holds with equality and s=s_{conf}, and LbSo1995 for all other cases. A slightly weaker result also appears in Kp1994.

GWP and scattering for NLW is known for data with small $H^{s_{c}}$ norm when $p$ is at or above the $H^{1/2}$ -critical power (and this has been extended to Besov spaces; see [Pl-p4]. This can be used to obtain self-similar solutions, see [MiaZg-p2]). One also has GWP in $H^{1}$ in the defocussing case when p is at or below the $H^{1}$ -critical power. (At the critical power this result is due to Gl1992; see also SaSw1994. For radial data this was shown in Sw1988). For more scattering results, see below.

For the defocussing NLKG, GWP in $H^{s}$ , $s<1$ , is known in the following cases:

• $d=3,p=3,s>3/4$ KnPoVe-p2
• $d=3,3\leq p<5,s>[4(p-1)+(5-p)(3p-3-4)]/[2(p-1)(7-p)]$ [MiaZgFg-p]
• $d=3,2 , and
$s>[2(p-1)^{2}-(d+2-p(d-2))(d+1-p(d-1))]/[2(p-1)(d+1-p(d-3))]$ [MiaZgFg-p]. Note that this is the range of p for which s_conf obeys both the scaling condition $s_{conf}>s_{c}$ and the condition (**).

• $d=2,3\leq p\leq 5,s>(p-2)/(p-1)$ [Fo-p]; this is for the NLW instead of NLKG.
• $d=2,p>5,s>(p-1)/p$ [Fo-p]; this is for the NLW instead of NLKG.

GWP and blowup has also been studied for the NLW with a conformal factor

$\Box u=(t^{2}+(1-(t^{2}-x^{2})/4)^{2})^{-(d-1)p/4+(d+3)/4}|u|^{p}$ ;

the significance of this factor is that it behaves well under conformal compactification. See Aa2002, BcKkZz2002, Gue2003 for some recent results.

A substantial scattering theory for NLW and NLKG is known.

The non-relativistic limit of NLKG has attracted a fair amount of research.