## Differential and Integral Equations

### Nonlinear stability of degenerate shock profiles

Peter Howard

#### Abstract

We consider degenerate viscous shock profiles arising in systems of two regularized conservation laws, where degeneracy here describes viscous shock profiles for which the asymptotic endstates are sonic to the associated hyperbolic system (the shock speed is equal to one of the characteristic speeds). Proceeding with pointwise estimates on the Green's function for the linear system of equations that arises upon linearization of the conservation law about a degenerate viscous shock profile, we establish that spectral stability, defined in terms of an Evans function, implies nonlinear stability. The asymptotic rate of decay for the perturbation is found both pointwise and in all $L^p$ norms, $p \ge 1$.

#### Article information

Source
Differential Integral Equations, Volume 20, Number 5 (2007), 515-560.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2012