One-dimensional chemotaxis kinetic model

  • Mohsen Sharifi tabarEmail author


In this paper, we study a variation of the equations of a chemotaxis kinetic model and investigate it in one dimension. In fact, we use fractional diffusion for the chemoattractant in the Othmar–Dunbar–Alt system (Othmer in J Math Biol 26(3):263–298, 1988). This version was exhibited in Calvez in Amer Math Soc, pp 45–62, 2007 for the macroscopic well-known Keller–Segel model in all space dimensions. These two macroscopic and kinetic models are related as mentioned in Bournaveas, Ann Inst H Poincaré Anal Non Linéaire, 26(5):1871–1895, 2009, Chalub, Math Models Methods Appl Sci, 16(7 suppl):1173–1197, 2006, Chalub, Monatsh Math, 142(1–2):123–141, 2004, Chalub, Port Math (NS), 63(2):227–250, 2006. The model we study here behaves in a similar way to the original model in two dimensions with the spherical symmetry assumption on the initial data which is described in Bournaveas, Ann Inst H Poincaré Anal Non Linéaire, 26(5):1871–1895, 2009. We prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions for this model, as well as a convergence result for a family of numerical schemes. The advantage of this model is that numerical simulations can be easily done especially to track the blow-up phenomenon.

Mathematics Subject Classification (2000)

Primary 92C17 60J75 Secondary 35L60 92B05 


Keller–Segel model Othmar–Dunbar–Alt system Chemotaxis Kinetic model Fractional diffusion Hilbert transform Numerical simulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sharif University of TechnologyTehranIran
  2. 2.Lab. de Math. de Versailles (LMV-UMR8100)UVSQVersailles cedexFrance

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