Scattering for the quartic generalised Korteweg-de Vries equation

Research paper by Terence Tao

Indexed on: 13 May '06Published on: 13 May '06Published in: Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs


We show that the quartic generalised KdV equation $$ u_t + u_{xxx} + (u^4)_x = 0$$ is globally wellposed for data in the critical (scale-invariant) space $\dot H^{-1/6}_x(\R)$ with small norm (and locally wellposed for large norm), improving a result of Gr\"unrock. As an application we obtain scattering results in $H^1_x(\R) \cap \dot H^{-1/6}_x(\R)$ for the radiation component of a perturbed soliton for this equation, improving the asymptotic stability results of Martel and Merle.