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Behaviour of the boundary potentials and boundary integral solution of the time fractional diffusion equation

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Author: Kemppainen, Jukka1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematical Sciences
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Language: English
Published: 2010
Publish Date: 2010-03-31
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Science of the University of Oulu for public defence in OP-sali (Auditorium L10), Linnanmaa, on 10 April 2010, at 12 noon
Reviewer: Professor Martin Costabel
Professor Dorina Mitrea


The dissertation considers the time fractional diffusion equation (TFDE) with the Dirichlet boundary condition in the sub-diffusion case, i.e. the order of the time derivative is α ∈ (0,1). In the thesis we have studied the solvability of TFDE by the method of layer potentials. We have shown that both the single layer potential and the double layer potential approaches lead to integral equations which are uniquely solvable.

The dissertation consists of four articles and a summary section. The first article presents the solution for the time fractional diffusion equation in terms of the single layer potential. In the second and third article we have studied the boundary behaviour of the layer potentials for TFDE. The fourth paper considers the spline collocation method to solve the boundary integral equation related to TFDE.

In the summary part we have proved that TFDE has a unique solution and the solution is given by the double layer potential when the lateral boundary of a bounded domain admits C1 regularity. Also, we have proved that the solution depends continuously on the datum in the sense that a nontangential maximal function of the solution is norm bounded from above by the datum in L2T). If the datum belongs to the space H1,α/2T), we have proved that the nontangential function of the gradient of the solution is norm bounded from above by the datum in H1,α/2T).

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. A, Scientiae rerum naturalium
ISSN-E: 1796-220X
ISBN: 978-951-42-6132-9
ISBN Print: 978-951-42-6131-2
Issue: 548
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