Journal of Nonlinear Science

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 169–198

Formation and Dynamics of Shock Waves in the Degasperis-Procesi Equation


DOI: 10.1007/s00332-006-0803-3

Cite this article as:
Lundmark, H. J Nonlinear Sci (2007) 17: 169. doi:10.1007/s00332-006-0803-3


Solutions of the Degasperis-Procesi nonlinear wave equation may develop discontinuities in finite time. As shown by Coclite and Karlsen, there is a uniquely determined entropy weak solution which provides a natural continuation of the solution past such a point. Here we study this phenomenon in detail for solutions involving interacting peakons and antipeakons. We show that a jump discontinuity forms when a peakon collides with an antipeakon, and that the entropy weak solution in this case is described by a "shockpeakon" ansatz reducing the PDE to a system of ODEs for positions, momenta, and shock strengths.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, Linkoping UniversitySE-581 83 LinkopingSweden

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