The Swift–Hohenberg Equation under Directional-Quenching: Finding Heteroclinic Connections Using Spatial and Spectral Decompositions

Rafael Monteiro, Natsuhiko Yoshinaga

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Abstract

We study the existence of patterns (nontrivial, stationary solutions) in the one-dimensional Swift–Hohenberg Equation in a directional quenching scenario, that is, on x≤ 0 the energy potential associated to the equation is bistable, whereas on x≥ 0 it is monostable. This heterogeneity in the medium induces a symmetry break that makes the existence of heteroclinic orbits of the type point-to-periodic not only plausible but, as we prove here, true. In this search, we use an interesting result of [13] in order to understand the multiscale structure of the problem, namely, how multiple scales - fast/slow - interact with each other. In passing, we advocate for a new approach in finding connecting orbits, using what we call “far/near decompositions”, relying both on information about the spatial behavior of the solutions and on Fourier analysis. Our method is functional analytic and PDE based, relying minimally on dynamical system techniques and making no use of comparison principles whatsoever.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)405-470
Number of pages66
JournalArchive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
Volume235
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Mechanical Engineering

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