Jumps and cusps: a new revival effect in local dispersive PDEs

Lyonell Boulton, George Farmakis, Beatrice Pelloni, David A. Smith

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We study the presence of a non-trivial revival effect in the solution of linear dispersive boundary value problems for two benchmark models which arise in applications: the Airy equation and the dislocated Laplacian Schrödinger equation. In both cases, we consider boundary conditions of Dirichlet-type. We prove that, at suitable times, jump discontinuities in the initial profile are revived in the solution, not only as jump discontinuities but also as logarithmic cusp singularities. We explicitly describe these singularities and show that their formation is due to interactions between the symmetries of the underlying spatial operators with the periodic Hilbert transform.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2024


  • math.AP
  • 35P05


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