, Volume 257, Issue 1, pp 193-224
Date: 06 Mar 2007

Optimal L p -L q -estimates for parabolic boundary value problems with inhomogeneous data

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In this paper we investigate vector-valued parabolic initial boundary value problems \({(\mathcal A(t,x,D)}\) , \({\mathcal B_j(t,x,D))}\) subject to general boundary conditions in domains G in \({\mathbb R^n}\) with compact C 2m -boundary. The top-order coefficients of \({\mathcal A}\) are assumed to be continuous. We characterize optimal L p -L q -regularity for the solution of such problems in terms of the data. We also prove that the normal ellipticity condition on \({\mathcal A}\) and the Lopatinskii–Shapiro condition on \({(\mathcal A, \mathcal B_1,\dots, \mathcal B_m)}\) are necessary for these L p -L q -estimates. As a byproduct of the techniques being introduced we obtain new trace and extension results for Sobolev spaces of mixed order and a characterization of Triebel-Lizorkin spaces by boundary data.