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$u_t-\Delta u=a u-b(x)u^p \mbox{ in } (0,\infty)\times \Omega, Bu=0 \mbox{ on } (0,\infty)\times \partial \Omega, $

where $a$ is a real parameter, $b\geq 0$ is in $C^\mu(\bar{\Omega})$ and $p>1$ is a constant, $\Omega$ is a $C^{2+\mu}$ bounded domain in $R^N$ ($N\geq 2$), the boundary operator $B$ is of the standard Dirichlet, Neumann or Robyn type. Under the assumption that $\overline\Omega_0$:=$\{x\in\Omega: b(x)=0\}$ has non-empty interior, is connected, has smooth boundary and is contained in $\Omega$, it is shown in [8] that when $a\geq \lambda_1^D(\Omega_0)$, for any fixed $x\in \overline{\Omega}_0$, $\overline{\lim}_{t\to\infty}u(t,x)$=$\infty$, and for any fixed $x\in \overline{\Omega}\setminus \overline{\Omega}_0$,

$\overline{\lim}_{t\to\infty}u(t,x)\leq \overline{U}_a(x), \underline{\lim}_{t\to\infty}u(t,x)\geq \underline{U}_a(x),

where $\underline{U}_a$ and $\overline{U}_a$ denote respectively the minimal and maximal positive solutions of the boundary blow-up problem

$-\Delta u=au-b(x)u^p \mbox{ in} \ \Omega\setminus\overline{\Omega}_0,\ Bu=0 \mbox{ on}\ \partial \Omega,\ \ u=\infty \mbox{ on}\ \partial \Omega_0.$

The main purpose of this paper is to show that, under the above assumptions,

$\lim_{t\to\infty} u(t,x)=\underline U_a(x),\forall x\in \overline\Omega\setminus \overline\Omega_0.$

This proves a conjecture stated in [8]. Some extensions of this result are also discussed.

We give a complete description of the long-time asymptotic profile of the solution to a free boundary model considered recently in [

In this article, a sample of Norman Dancer's published works are briefly described, to give the reader a taste of his deep and important research on nonlinear functional analysis, nonlinear ODE and PDE problems, and dynamical systems. The sample covers a variety of topics where Norman Dancer has made remarkable contributions.

*The author takes this opportunity to express his deep admiration of the work of Professor Norman Dancer, and to thank him for the kind help to the development of the author's career, which has been greatly influenced by him and his work.*

$-\epsilon^2\Delta u= u (u-a(x))(1-u) \mbox{ in } \Omega, u|_{\partial\Omega}=\infty$

has solutions with sharp interior layers and spikes, apart from boundary layers. We also determine the location of these layers and spikes.

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