The regularizing effects of resetting in a particle system for the Burgers equation

Gautam Iyer, Alexei Novikov

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We study the dissipation mechanism of a stochastic particle system for the Burgers equation. The velocity field of the viscous Burgers and Navier- Stokes equations can be expressed as an expected value of a stochastic process based on noisy particle trajectories [Constantin and Iyer Comm. Pure Appl. Math. 3 (2008) 330-345]. In this paper we study a particle system for the viscous Burgers equations using a Monte-Carlo version of the above; we consider N copies of the above stochastic flow, each driven by independent Wiener processes, and replace the expected value with 1/N times the sum over these copies. A similar construction for the Navier-Stokes equations was studied by Mattingly and the first author of this paper [Iyer and Mattingly Nonlinearity 21 (2008) 2537-2553]. Surprisingly, for any finite N, the particle system for the Burgers equations shocks almost surely in finite time. In contrast to the full expected value, the empirical mean 1/N ∑N1 does not regularize the system enough to ensure a time global solution. To avoid these shocks, we consider a resetting procedure, which at first sight should have no regularizing effect at all. However, we prove that this procedure prevents the formation of shocks for any N ≥ 2, and consequently as N →∞we get convergence to the solution of the viscous Burgers equation on long time intervals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1468-1501
Number of pages34
JournalAnnals of Probability
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty


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