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Well-posedness of a boundary value problem for a class of third-order operator-differential equations
© Aliev and Elbably; licensee Springer. 2013
- Received: 26 July 2012
- Accepted: 9 May 2013
- Published: 30 May 2013
This paper investigates the well-posedness of a boundary value problem on the semiaxis for a class of third-order operator-differential equations whose principal part has multiple real characteristics. We obtain sufficient conditions for the existence and uniqueness of the solution of a boundary value problem in the Sobolev-type space . These conditions are expressed in terms of the operator coefficients of the investigated equation. We find relations between the estimates of the norms of intermediate derivatives operators in the subspace and the solvability conditions. Furthermore, we calculate the exact values of these norms. The results are illustrated with an example of the initial-boundary value problems for partial differential equations.
MSC:34G10, 47A50, 47D03, 47N20.
- well-posed and unique solvability
- operator-differential equation
- multiple characteristic
- self-adjoint operator
- the Sobolev-type space
- inter-mediate derivatives operators
- factorization of pencils
The paper is dedicated to the formulation and study of the well-posedness of a boundary value problem for a class of third-order operator-differential equations with a real and real multiple characteristic. Note that the differential equations whose characteristic equations have real different or real multiple roots find a wide application in modeling problems of mechanics and engineering, such as problems of heat mass transfer and filtration , dynamics of arches and rings , etc.
where is the resolution of the identity for A.
By the theorem on intermediate derivatives, both of these spaces are complete .
Now let us state the boundary value problem under study.
then we say that problem (1.1), (1.2) is regularly solvable.
The solvability of boundary value problems for operator-differential equations has been studied by many authors. Among such works, we should especially mention the papers by Gasymov, Kostyuchenko, Gorbachuk, Dubinskii, Shkalikov, Mirzoev, Jakubov, Aliev and their followers (see, e.g., [4–11]) that are close to our paper. Allowing to treat both ordinary and partial differential operators from the same point of view, these equations are also interesting from the aspect that the well-posedness of boundary value problems for them is closely related to the spectral theory of polynomial operator pencils  (for comprehensive survey, see Shkalikov ). And, of course, well-posed solvability of the Cauchy problem and non-local boundary value problems for operator-differential equations as well as related spectral problems (see, e.g., Shkalikov , Gorbachuk and Gorbachuk , Agarwal et al. ) are also of great interest.
In this paper, we obtain conditions for the regular solvability of boundary value problem (1.1) (1.2), which are expressed only in terms of the operator coefficients of equation (1.1). We also show the relationship between these conditions and the exact estimates for the norms of intermediate derivatives operators in the subspaces and with respect to the norm of the operator generated by the principal part of equation (1.1). Mirzoev  was the first who paid detailed attention to such relation (for more details about the calculation of the norms of intermediate derivatives operators, see ). To estimate these norms, he used the method of factorization of polynomial operator pencils which depend on a real parameter. Further these results have been developed in [18, 19].
It should be noted that all the above-mentioned works, unlike equation (1.1), consider the operator-differential equations with a simple characteristic. Although similar matters of solvability and related problems have already been studied for fourth-order operator-differential equations whose principal parts have multiple characteristic (see, for example, [20, 21], also  and some references therein), but they have not been studied for odd order operator-differential equations with multiple characteristic, including those of third-order. One of the goals of the present paper is to fill this gap.
We show that the norm of the operator generated by the principal part of equation (1.1) is equivalent to the initial norm on the space .
Then the following theorem holds.
Proof First, we note that if , then and if , then (see, e.g., ), where is the strongly continuous semi-group of bounded operators generated by the operator −A.
Before we state the conditional theorem on solvability of boundary value problem (1.1) (1.2), we prove the following lemma.
Then is also bounded.
The lemma is proved. □
Then boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2) is regularly solvable.
Proof We represent boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2) in the form of the operator equation , where , . Since by Theorem 2.1 the operator has the bounded inverse which acts from to , then, after the replacement , we obtain the equation in the space .
The theorem is proved. □
Naturally, there arises a problem of finding exact values or estimates for the numbers , , and it is very important for extending the class of operator-differential equations of the form (1.1) for which our boundary value problem is solvable. We will make the calculations for , in Section 4.
3 On spectral properties of some polynomial operator pencils and basic equalities for the functions in the space
That is why to estimate , , it is necessary to study some properties of pencils (3.1).
The following theorem on factorization of pencils (3.1) holds.
, , and the numbers , are positive according to Vieta’s formulas and satisfy systems of equations (3.3) derived from (3.6) during the comparison of same degree coefficients. Further, using the spectral decomposition of the operator A, from equalities (3.6) we obtain the assertions of the theorem. The theorem is proved. □
Now, we state a theorem playing a significant role in the subsequent study. Let us introduce another notation, which will be used in the proof of that theorem: will denote the linear set of infinitely differentiable functions with values in and compact support in . As is well known, the space is everywhere dense in (see [, Ch.1]).
From (3.8), taking into account (3.9) and applying Theorem 3.1, we get the validity of (3.7). The theorem is proved. □
where is obtained from by discarding the first two rows and columns, here .
Lemma 4.1 , .
Note that the procedure of constructing such functions is thoroughly described in  (in addition, the one for fourth-order equations with multiple characteristic is available in ). This method is applicable to our case, too. Therefore, we omit the respective part of the proof. So lemma is proved. □
Denote by the root of the equation in the interval if such exists.
Passing here to the limit as , we obtain that , and hence, .
Thus, for . And since is a continuous function of the argument β in the interval , then . It follows from these arguments that the equation has a root in the interval . Now let have a root in the interval . This means that the inequality cannot be satisfied for any . Therefore, according to our earlier reasonings in the proof of this theorem, we have . Obviously, for the root of the equation , we have that , because the proof of the theorem for implies that . And since , we obtain . The theorem is proved. □
Remark 4.4 From Theorem 4.3, it becomes clear that to find the numbers , , we must solve the equations , , together with systems (3.3) respectively. In this case, it is necessary to take into account the properties of the numbers , , .
The following theorem holds.
Theorem 4.5 , .
Proof In view of Remark 4.4, in the case , we have due to the negativity of , despite . In the case , we have or . Then or , respectively. Therefore, . The theorem is proved. □
The results obtained above allow us to establish exact conditions for regular solvability of boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2). These conditions are expressed in terms of the operator coefficients of equation (1.1).
Then boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2) is regularly solvable.
Note that the above conditions for regular solvability of boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2) are easily verified in applications because they are expressed in terms of the operator coefficients of equation (1.1).
Let us illustrate our solvability results with an example of an initial-boundary value problem for a partial differential equation.
where , are bounded functions on and . Note that problem (5.1)-(5.3) is a special case of boundary value problem (1.1), (1.2). In fact, here we have , and . The operator A is defined on by the relation and the conditions .
problem (5.1)-(5.3) has a unique solution in the space .
Remark 5.3 Using the same procedure, we can obtain similar results for equation (1.1) on the semiaxis with boundary conditions or .
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