Uniqueness of conservative solutions to the camassa-holm equation via characteristics

Alberto Bressan, Geng Chen, Qingtian Zhang

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The paper provides a direct proof the uniqueness of solutions to the Camassa-Holm equation, based on characteristics. Given a conservative solution u = u(t, x), an equation is introduced which singles out a unique characteristic curve through each initial point. By studying the evolution of the quantities u and v = 2 arctan ux along each characteristic, it is proved that the Cauchy problem with general initial data u0∈ H1(R) has a unique solution, globally in time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-42
Number of pages18
JournalDiscrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems- Series A
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • Applied Mathematics


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