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, Volume 217, Issue 2, pp 571–617 | Cite as

Propagation in a Kinetic Reaction-Transport Equation: Travelling Waves And Accelerating Fronts

  • Emeric BouinEmail author
  • Vincent Calvez
  • Grégoire Nadin


In this paper, we study the existence and stability of travelling wave solutions of a kinetic reaction-transport equation. The model describes particles moving according to a velocity-jump process, and proliferating thanks to a reaction term of monostable type. The boundedness of the velocity set appears to be a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of positive travelling waves. The minimal speed of propagation of waves is obtained from an explicit dispersion relation. We construct the waves using a technique of sub- and supersolutions and prove their weak stability in a weighted L 2 space. In case of an unbounded velocity set, we prove a superlinear spreading. It appears that the rate of spreading depends on the decay at infinity of the velocity distribution. In the case of a Gaussian distribution, we prove that the front spreads as t 3/2.


Cauchy Problem Dispersion Relation Travel Wave Solution Spreading Rate Nonlinear Stability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, UMR CNRS 5669 ‘UMPA’, and INRIA Alpes, project-team NUMEDLyon cedex 07France
  2. 2.Université Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6, UMR CNRS 7598 ‘LJLL’, BC187Paris cedex 05France

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