Numerical proof of stability of viscous shock profiles

Research paper by Blake Barker, Kevin Zumbrun

Indexed on: 05 Jan '16Published on: 05 Jan '16Published in: Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs


We carry out the first rigorous numerical proof based on Evans function computations of stability of viscous shock profiles, for the system of isentropic gas dynamics with monatomic equation of state. We treat a selection of shock strengths ranging from the lower stability boundary of Mach number $\approx 1.86 $, below which profiles are known by energy estimates to be stable, to the upper stability boundary of $\approx 1669$, above which profiles are expected to be provable by rigorous asymptotic analysis to be stable. These results open the possibilities of: (i) automatic rigorous verification of stability or instability of individual shocks of general systems, and (ii) rigorous proof of stability of all shocks of particular systems.