Applied Mathematics Seminar: The Benjamin-Ono Equation in the Small Dispersion Limit

  • Date: 09/21/2009
Peter Miller (University of Michigan)

University of Saskatchewan


The Benjamin-Ono equation is a model for several physical phenomena, including gravity-driven internal waves in certain density-stratified fluids. It has the features of being a nonlocal equation (the dispersion term involves the Hilbert transform of the disturbance profile) and also of having a Lax pair and an associated inverse-scattering algorithm for the solution of the Cauchy initial-value problem. We will review known phenomena associated with this equation in the limit when the dispersive effects are nominally small, and compare with the better-known Korteweg-de Vries equation. Then we will present a new result (joint with Zhengjie Xu) establishing the zero-dispersion limit of the solution of the Benjamin-Ono Cauchy problem for certain initial data, in the topology of weak convergence. The proof relies on aspects of the method of moments from probability theory.


3:30pm, ARTS 217.


Jacek Szmigielski (U. Saskatchewan)

Alexei F. Cheviakov (U. Saskatchewan)

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