Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

, Volume 224, Issue 3, pp 1021–1036

Cusp Formation for a Nonlocal Evolution Equation


DOI: 10.1007/s00205-017-1094-3

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Hoang, V. & Radosz, M. Arch Rational Mech Anal (2017) 224: 1021. doi:10.1007/s00205-017-1094-3


Córdoba et al. (Ann Math 162(3):1377–1389, 2005) introduced a nonlocal active scalar equation as a one-dimensional analogue of the surface-quasigeostrophic equation. It has been conjectured, based on numerical evidence, that the solution forms a cusp-like singularity in finite time. Up until now, no active scalar with nonlocal flux is known for which cusp formation has been rigorously shown. In this paper, we introduce and study a nonlocal active scalar, inspired by the Córdoba–Córdoba–Fontelos equation, and prove that either a cusp- or needle-like singularity forms in finite time.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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