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Global existence of the equilibrium diffusion model in radiative hydrodynamics

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This paper is devoted to the analysis of the Cauchy problem for a system of PDEs arising in radiative hydrodynamics. This system, which comes from the so-called equilibrium diffusion regime, is a variant of the usual Euler equations, where the energy and pressure functionals are modified to take into account the effect of radiation and the energy balance containing a nonlinear diffusion term acting on the temperature. The problem is studied in the multi-dimensional framework. The authors identify the existence of a strictly convex entropy and a stability property of the system, and check that the Kawashima-Shizuta condition holds. Then, based on these structure properties, the well-posedness close to a constant state can be proved by using fine energy estimates. The asymptotic decay of the solutions are also investigated.

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Correspondence to Chunjin Lin.

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Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2009B27514) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 10871059).

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Lin, C., Goudon, T. Global existence of the equilibrium diffusion model in radiative hydrodynamics. Chin. Ann. Math. Ser. B 32, 549–568 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11401-011-0658-z

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  • Radiative hydrodynamics
  • Initial value problem
  • Equilibrium diffusion regime
  • Energy method

2000 MR Subject Classification

  • 76N10
  • 35L65
  • 35L45
  • 35Q80