Existence and stability of traveling waves for a class of nonlocal nonlinear equations
Erbay, Hüsnü A. and Erbay, Saadet and Erkip, Albert (2014) Existence and stability of traveling waves for a class of nonlocal nonlinear equations. (Accepted/In Press)
In this article we are concerned with the existence and orbital stability of traveling wave solutions of a general class of nonlocal wave equations: u_tt−Lu_xx=B(±|u|^(p−1)u)_xx, p>1. The main characteristic of this class of equations is the existence of two sources of dispersion, characterized by two coercive pseudo-differential operators L and B. Members of the class arise as mathematical models for the propagation of dispersive waves in a wide variety of situations. For instance, all Boussinesq-type equations and the so-called double-dispersion equation are members of the class. We first establish the existence of traveling wave solutions to the nonlocal wave equations considered. We then obtain results on the orbital stability or instability of traveling waves. For the case L=I, corresponding to a class of Klein-Gordon-type equations, we give an almost complete characterization of the values of the wave velocity for which the traveling waves are orbitally stable or unstable by blow-up.
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