Weak solution of a continuum model for vicinal surface in the attachment-detachment-limited regime

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2017-04-23

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We study in this work a continuum model derived from 1D attachment-detachment-limited (ADL) type step flow on vicinal surface, $ u_t=-u^2(u^3)_{hhhh}$, where $u$, considered as a function of step height $h$, is the step slope of the surface. We formulate a notion of weak solution to this continuum model and prove the existence of a global weak solution, which is positive almost everywhere. We also study the long time behavior of weak solution and prove it converges to a constant solution as time goes to infinity. The space-time H"older continuity of the weak solution is also discussed as a byproduct.

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Liu

Jian-Guo Liu

Professor of Physics
Lu

Jianfeng Lu

Professor of Mathematics

Jianfeng Lu is an applied mathematician interested in mathematical analysis and algorithm development for problems from computational physics, theoretical chemistry, materials science, machine learning, and other related fields.

More specifically, his current research focuses include:
High dimensional PDEs; generative models and sampling methods; control and reinforcement learning; electronic structure and many body problems; quantum molecular dynamics; multiscale modeling and analysis.


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