Travelling and rotating solutions to the generalized inviscid surface quasi-geostrophic equation

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Abstract

For the generalized surface quasi-geostrophic equation$$\left\{\begin{aligned}& \partial_t \theta+u\cdot \nabla \theta=0,\quad \text{in } \R^2 \times (0,T),\\& u=\nabla^\perp \psi,\quad\psi = (-\Delta)^{-s}\theta\quad \text{in } \R^2 \times (0,T) ,\end{aligned}\right.$$$0<s<1$, we consider for $k\ge1$ the problem of finding a family of$k$-vortex solutions $\theta_\ve(x,t)$ such that as $\ve\to 0$$$\theta_\ve(x,t) \rightharpoonup \sum_{j=1}^k m_j\delta(x-\xi_j(t))$$for suitable trajectories for the vortices $x=\xi_j(t)$. We find such solutions in the special cases of vortices travelling with constant speed along one axis or rotating with same speed around the origin. In those cases the problem is reduced to a fractional elliptic equation which is treated with singular perturbation methods. A key element in our construction is a proof of the non-degeneracy of the radial ground state for the so-called fractional plasma problem$$ (-\Delta)^sW = (W-1)^\gamma_+ , \quad \text{in } \R^2, \quad 1<\gamma < \frac{1+s}{1-s}$$whose existence and uniqueness have recently been proven in \cite{chan_uniqueness_2020}.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Early online date9 Jun 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2021

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