Thursday, March 28, 2013

1303.6721 (Mats Ehrnstrom et al.)

Global bifurcation for the Whitham equation    [PDF]

Mats Ehrnstrom, Henrik Kalisch
We prove the existence of a global bifurcation branch of $2\pi$-periodic, smooth, traveling-wave solutions of the Whitham equation. It is shown that any subset of solutions in the global branch contains a sequence which converges uniformly to some solution of H\"older class $C^{\alpha}$, $\alpha < \frac{1}{2}$. Bifurcation formulas are given, as well as some properties along the global bifurcation branch. In addition, a spectral scheme for computing approximations to those waves is put forward, and several numerical results along the global bifurcation branch are presented, including the presence of a turning point and a `highest', cusped wave. Both analytic and numerical results are compared to traveling-wave solutions of the KdV equation.
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