Journal of Evolution Equations

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 405–427 | Cite as

A Trotter product formula for gradient flows in metric spaces

  • Philippe Clément
  • Jan Maas
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We prove a Trotter product formula for gradient flows in metric spaces. This result is applied to establish convergence in the L 2-Wasserstein metric of the splitting method for some Fokker-Planck equations and porous medium type equations perturbed by a potential.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 49Q20 Secondary 35A15 47H20 82C31 


Gradient flows Trotter product formula splitting method Fokker Planck equations 



We are grateful to the anonymous referee for his useful remarks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Delft Institute of Applied MathematicsDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute for Applied MathematicsUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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