Stability of periodic solutions to Hamiltonian PDEs

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 3:00pm
Olga Trichtchenko


This talk will focus on spectral stability of small-amplitude, periodic solutions to Hamiltonian, dispersive partial differential equations. In particular, it has been shown in the past that periodic travelling wave solutions to the full Euler equations describing inviscid, incompressible fluid flow, exhibit high frequency instabilities. However, some simpler model equations frequently used, do not. We will examine the nature of these instabilities, how they arise, and present a general condition for instability. In special cases, this condition reduces to considering the interval in which there are roots of a polynomial half the degree of the polynomial describing the dispersion relation. We will illustrate the method for computing spectral stability by considering solutions to the Korteweg-de Vries, Kawahara, Whitham and Boussinesq-Whitham equations.

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