Nonlinear stability at the Eckhaus boundary

Monday, 12 March, 2018

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The real Ginzburg-Landau equation possesses a family of spatially periodic equilibria. If the wave number of an equilibrium is strictly below the so called Eckhaus boundary the equilibrium is known to be spectrally and diffusively stable, i.e., stable w.r.t. small spatially localized perturbations. If the wave number is above the Eckhaus boundary the equilibrium is unstable. Exactly at the boundary spectral stability holds. The purpose of the present paper is to establish the diffusive stability of these equilibria. The limit profile is determined by a nonlinear equation since a nonlinear term turns out to be marginal w.r.t. the linearized dynamics.


Julien Guillod
Guido Schneider
Peter Wittwer
Dominik Zimmermann