A vector field method on the distorted Fourier side and decay for wave equations with potentials

Research paper by Roland Donninger, Joachim Krieger

Indexed on: 03 Jun '14Published on: 03 Jun '14Published in: Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs


We study the Cauchy problem for the one-dimensional wave equation with an inverse square potential. We derive dispersive estimates, energy estimates, and estimates involving the scaling vector field, where the latter are obtained by employing a vector field method on the "distorted" Fourier side. In addition, we prove local energy decay estimates. Our results have immediate applications in the context of geometric evolution problems. The theory developed in this paper is fundamental for the proof of the co-dimension 1 stability of the catenoid under the vanishing mean curvature flow in Minkowski space.