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  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.
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