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On the convergence rate of vanishing viscosity approximations

TitleOn the convergence rate of vanishing viscosity approximations
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsBressan, A, Yang, T
JournalComm. Pure Appl. Math. 57 (2004) 1075-1109

Given a strictly hyperbolic, genuinely nonlinear system of conservation laws, we prove the a priori bound $\\\\big\\\\|u(t,\\\\cdot)-u^\\\\ve(t,\\\\cdot)\\\\big\\\\|_{\\\\L^1}= \\\\O(1)(1+t)\\\\cdot \\\\sqrt\\\\ve|\\\\ln\\\\ve|$ on the distance between an exact BV solution $u$ and a viscous approximation $u^\\\\ve$, letting the viscosity coefficient $\\\\ve\\\\to 0$. In the proof, starting from $u$ we construct an approximation of the viscous solution $u^\\\\ve$ by taking a mollification $u*\\\\phi_{\\\\strut \\\\sqrt\\\\ve}$ and inserting viscous shock profiles at the locations of finitely many large shocks, for each fixed $\\\\ve$. Error estimates are then obtained by introducing new Lyapunov functionals which control shock interactions, interactions between waves of different families and by using sharp decay estimates for positive nonlinear waves.


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