01453nas a2200133 4500008004300000245005600043210005500099260001300154520106200167100002101229700001801250700001501268856003601283 1999 en_Ud 00aL-1 stability estimates for n x n conservation laws0 aL1 stability estimates for n x n conservation laws bSpringer3 aLet $u_t+f(u)_x=0$ be a strictly hyperbolic $n\\\\times n$ system of conservation laws, each characteristic field being linearly degenerate or genuinely nonlinear. In this paper we explicitly define a functional $\\\\Phi=\\\\Phi(u,v)$, equivalent to the $L^1$ distance, which is `almost decreasing\\\', i.e., $\\\\Phi(u(t),v(t))-\\\\Phi(u(s),v(s))\\\\leq\\\\break O (\\\\epsilon)ยท(t-s)$ for all $t>s\\\\geq 0$, for every pair of $\\\\epsilon$-approximate solutions $u,v$ with small total variation, generated by a wave-front-tracking algorithm. The small parameter $\\\\epsilon$ here controls the errors in the wave speeds, the maximum size of rarefaction fronts and the total strength of all non-physical waves in $u$ and in $v$. From the above estimate, it follows that front-tracking approximations converge to a unique limit solution, depending Lipschitz continuously on the initial data, in the $L^1$ norm. This provides a new proof of the existence of the standard Riemann semigroup generated by an $n\\\\times n$ system of conservation laws.\\\'\\\'1 aBressan, Alberto1 aLiu, Tai-Ping1 aYang, Tong uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/3373