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1 
Pointwise asymptotic convergence of solutions for a phase separation model
Volume 16, Number 1, Pages: 1  18, 2006
Pavel Krejčí
and Songmu Zheng
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A new technique, combining the global energy and entropy balance equations
with the local stability theory for dynamical systems, is used for proving
that every solution to a nonsmooth temperaturedriven phase separation model
with conserved energy converges pointwise in space to an equilibrium as time
tends to infinity. Three main features are observed: the limit
temperature is uniform in space, there exists a partition of the physical body
into at most three constant limit phases, and the phase separation process has
a hysteresislike character.

2 
A biharmonicmodified forward time stepping
method for fourth order nonlinear diffusion equations
Volume 29, Number 4, Pages: 1367  1391, 2010
Andrea L. Bertozzi,
Ning Ju
and HsiangWei Lu
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We consider a class of splitting schemes for fourth order nonlinear
diffusion equations. Standard backwardtime differencing requires
the solution of a higher order elliptic problem, which can be both
computationally expensive and workintensive to code, in higher space
dimensions.
Recent papers in the literature provide computational evidence that
a biharmonicmodified, forward timestepping method, can provide good
results for these problems.
We provide a theoretical explanation of the results.
For a basic nonlinear 'thin film' type equation we prove $H^1$
stability of the method given very simple boundedness constraints
of the numerical solution. For a more general class of longwave
unstable problems, we prove stability and convergence, using
only constraints on the smooth solution.
Computational examples include both the model of 'thin film' type
problems and a quantitative model for electrowetting in a HeleShaw
cell (Lu et al J. Fluid Mech. 2007).
The methods considered here are related to 'convexity splitting'
methods for gradient flows with nonconvex energies.

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$H^1$ Solutions of a class of fourth order nonlinear equations for image processing
Volume 10, Number 1/2, Pages: 349  366, 2003
John B. Greer
and Andrea L. Bertozzi
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Recently fourth order equations of the form
$u_t = \nabla\cdot((\mathcal G(J_\sigma u)) \nabla \Delta u)$ have been proposed
for noise reduction and simplification of two dimensional images.
The operator $\mathcal G$ is a nonlinear functional involving
the gradient or Hessian of its argument, with decay in the far field.
The operator $J_\sigma$ is a standard mollifier.
Using ODE methods on Sobolev spaces,
we prove existence and uniqueness of solutions of this problem
for $H^1$ initial data.

4 
Scaleinvariant extinction time estimates for some singular diffusion equations
Volume 30, Number 2, Pages: 509  535, 2011
Yoshikazu Giga
and Robert V. Kohn
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We study three singular parabolic evolutions: the secondorder total variation flow, the
fourthorder total variation flow, and a fourthorder surface diffusion law. Each has the property
that the solution becomes identically zero in finite time. We prove scaleinvariant estimates for
the extinction time, using a simple argument which combines an energy estimate with a suitable
Sobolevtype inequality.

5 
Critical points of functionalized Lagrangians
Volume 33, Number 4, Pages: 1231  1246, 2012
Keith Promislow
and Hang Zhang
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We present a novel class of higher order energies motivated by the study of network formation in
binary mixtures of functionalized polymers and solvent. For a broad class of Lagrangians, we
introduce their functionalized form, which is a higher order energy balancing the square
of the variational derivative against the original energy. We show that the functionalized energies
have global minimizers over several natural spaces of admissible functions. The critical
points of the functionalized Lagrangian contain those of the original Lagrangian, however we demonstrate
that for a sufficient strength of the functionalization all the critical points of the original Lagrangian are
saddle points of the functionalized Lagrangian, and the global minima is a new structure.

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Adaptation of an ecological territorial model to street gang spatial patterns in Los Angeles
Volume 32, Number 9, Pages: 3223  3244, 2012
Laura M. Smith,
Andrea L. Bertozzi,
P. Jeffrey Brantingham,
George E. Tita
and Matthew Valasik
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Territorial behavior is often found in nature. Coyotes and wolves organize themselves around a den site and mark their territory to distinguish their claimed region.
Moorcroft et al. model the formation of territories and spatial distributions of coyote packs and their markings in [31].
We modify this ecological approach to simulate spatial gang dynamics in the Hollenbeck policing division of eastern Los Angeles. We incorporate important geographical features from the region that would inhibit movement, such as rivers and freeways. From the gang and marking densities created by this method, we create a rivalry network from overlapping territories and compare the graph to both the observed network and those constructed through other methods. Data on the locations of where gang members have been observed is then used to analyze the densities created by the model.

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Variational methods for nonlocal operators
of elliptic type
Volume 33, Number 5, Pages: 2105  2137, 2012
Raffaella Servadei
and Enrico Valdinoci
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In this paper we study the existence of nontrivial solutions for
equations driven by a nonlocal integrodifferential
operator $\mathcal L_K$ with homogeneous Dirichlet boundary
conditions. More precisely, we consider the problem
$$ \left\{
\begin{array}{ll}
\mathcal L_K u+\lambda u+f(x,u)=0 in Ω \\
u=0 in \mathbb{R}^n \backslash Ω ,
\end{array} \right.
$$
where $\lambda$ is a real parameter and the nonlinear term $f$
satisfies superlinear and subcritical growth conditions at zero and
at infinity. This equation has a variational nature, and so its
solutions can be found as critical points of the energy functional
$\mathcal J_\lambda$ associated to the problem. Here we get such
critical points using both the Mountain Pass Theorem and the Linking
Theorem, respectively when $\lambda<\lambda_1$ and $\lambda\geq
\lambda_1$\,, where $\lambda_1$ denotes the first eigenvalue of the
operator $\mathcal L_K$.
As a particular case, we derive an existence theorem for the
following equation driven by the fractional Laplacian
$$ \left\{
\begin{array}{ll}
(\Delta)^s u\lambda u=f(x,u) in Ω \\
u=0 in \mathbb{R}^n \backslash Ω.
\end{array} \right.
$$
Thus, the results presented here may be seen as the extension
of some classical nonlinear analysis theorems to the case of fractional
operators.

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Understanding ThomasFermiLike approximations: Averaging over oscillating occupied orbitals
Volume 33, Number 11/12, Pages: 5319  5325, 2013
John P. Perdew
and Adrienn Ruzsinszky
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The ThomasFermi equation arises from the earliest density functional approximation
for the groundstate energy of a manyelectron system. Its solutions have been
carefully studied by mathematicians, including J.A. Goldstein.
Here we will review the approximation and its validity conditions
from a physics perspective, explaining why the theory correctly describes
the core electrons of an atom but fails to bind atoms to form molecules and solids.
The valence electrons are poorly described in ThomasFermi theory, for two reasons:
(1) This theory neglects the exchangecorrelation energy, ``nature's glue".
(2) It also makes a local density approximation for the kinetic energy,
which neglects important shellstructure effects in the exact kinetic energy
that are responsible for the structure of the periodic table of the elements.
Finally, we present a tentative explanation for the fact that the shellstructure
effects are relatively unimportant for the exact exchange energy,
which can thus be more usefully described by a local density or semilocal approximation
(as in the popular KohnSham theory): The exact exchange energy
from the occupied KohnSham orbitals has an extra sum over orbital labels
and an extra integration over space, in comparison to the kinetic energy,
and thus averages out more of the atomic individuality of the orbital oscillations.

9 
The uniform attractor of a multivalued process generated by
reactiondiffusion delay equations on an unbounded domain
Volume 34, Number 10, Pages: 4343  4370, 2014
Yejuan Wang
and Peter E. Kloeden
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The existence of a uniform attractor in a space of higher
regularity is proved for the multivalued process associated
with the nonautonomous reactiondiffusion equation on an unbounded
domain with delays for which the uniqueness of solutions need not hold. A new method for
checking the asymptotical uppersemicompactness of the solutions is used.

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An interface problem: The twolayer shallow water equations
Volume 33, Number 11/12, Pages: 5327  5345, 2013
Madalina Petcu
and Roger Temam
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The aim of this article is to study a model of two superposed layers of fluid governed by the shallow water equations in space dimension one. Under some suitable hypotheses the governing equations are hyperbolic. We introduce suitable boundary conditions and establish a result of existence and uniqueness of smooth solutions for a limited time for this model.

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