A Degenerate Isoperimetric Problem and Traveling Waves to a Bistable Hamiltonian System Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We analyze a non-standard isoperimetric problem in the plane associated with a metric having degenerate conformal factor at two points. Under certain assumptions on the conformal factor, we establish the existence of curves of least length under a constraint associated with enclosed Euclidean area. As a motivation for and application of this isoperimetric problem, we identify these isoperimetric curves, appropriately parametrized, as traveling wave solutions to a bi-stable Hamiltonian system of PDE's. We also determine the existence of a maximal propagation speed for these traveling waves through an explicit upper bound depending on the conformal factor.

publication date

  • February 2017