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Nonlinear dispersive equations: local and global analysis

CBMS regional conference series in mathematics, July 2006

Softcover, 373 pages. ISBN-10: 0-8218-4143-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4143-3

These lecture notes try (perhaps ambitiously) to introduce the reader to techniques in analyzing solutions to nonlinear wave, Schrodinger, and KdV equations, in as self-contained a manner as possible. It is a six-chapter book; the first three chapters and an appendix can be found here. It is based on these lectures.

— Errata —

- Page xi, bottom: “certain many” should be “certainly many”.
- Page xii: Shaunglin should be Shuanglin.
- Page xiv: should be throughout the text (e.g. on pages 33, 34).
- Page xv: Frechet should be Fréchet.
- Page 2: “A Study in Scarlet” should be “A Scandal in Bohemia”.
- Page 3: In the first equation, should be . After (1.4), “the domain ” should be “the range “.
- Page 4: In the first paragraph, (6.4) should be 6.4. In the last paragraph, “G is real analytic” should be “F is real analytic”.
- Page 8: In the proof of Theorem 1.4, should be .
- Page 10: In the last line of Exercise 1.1, G should be F.
- Page 11: In Exercise 1.4, S(t) should be .
- Page 12: In Theorem 1.12, should take values in (and the hypothesis that is non-negative should be dropped.)
- Page 17: In Corollary 1.1, “for all should be .
- Page 19: In Exercise 1.15, should be .
- Page 20: In the second part of Exercise 1.19 (“Show that in fact extends…”), the additional hypothesis “If F is continuously differentiable at 0″ is needed, and should be . “built your castles in the air” should be “built castles in the air”.
- Page 25: In Exercise 1.24, the inequality should be . At the end of the exercise, add “Give a counterexample to show that the result fails if the strict inequality is weakened to “.
- Page 27: In the formula for the Poisson bracket {H,E} in Example 1.27, the and should be swapped (or equivalently, the equation is off by a sign).
- Page 28: In the definitions of and in Example 1.28, there are factors of 1/2 missing. In the definition of the symplectic form (both (1.31) and the following equation), there is a negative sign missing.
- Page 29: In (1.33), there should be a minus sign on the RHS. Just before (1.34), should be .
- Page 30: In (1.35), the should be on the denominator.
- Page 31: In Exercise 1.27, add the hypothesis that J is skew-adjoint. Also, should be .
- Page 32: In the 10th line from the bottom, Louville should be Liouville.
- Page 33: In Exercise 1.37, should be .
- Page 34: In Exercise 1.41, “exists real numbers” should be “exist real numbers”, and should be .
- Page 36: in Example 1.31, should be .
- Page 40: In the ODE in Exercise 1.48, there is a unit vector missing in the right-hand side.
- Page 41: In (1.42), should be .
- Page 46: In the definition of , the word “then” after should be “whose norm”, and should be .
- Page 48: In Exercise 1.51, should equal rather than .
- Page 53: “torii” should be “tori” (two occurrences). In Exercise 1.58, “uppose that” should be “Suppose that”. In Exercise 1.57, should be .
- Page 54: In Exercise 1.59, “Exercise 1.27″ should be “Example 1.27″.
- Page 55: For the Schrodinger equation, the phase velocity is half the group velocity rather than twice the group velocity (i.e. instead of ). In the last line (above the footnotes), should be .
- Page 57: In the first line, should be . After equation (2.6), in the formula for the space index should run from 1 to d rather than from 1 to 3.
- Page 58: In the “Conversely” portion of Exercise 2.2, one must assume the Lorenz gauge condition .
- Page 59: In the first display of Exercise 2.3, should be . Exercise 2.4 the second line should be . In Exercise 2.5, in the second line the range of is V rather than . Same for Exercise 2.6, and 2.10. In the display of Exercise 2.5, the term should be .
- Page 61: In the second display of Exercise 2.14, the exponent should be .
- Page 62: In the second paragraph of Section 2.1, should be .
- Page 63: In the 8th line from the bottom, “propagator” should be “propagators”, and there is a semicolon missing in the preceding display.
- Page 65: After Principle 2.1, should be . In the last paragraph, “thi principle” should be “this principle”. 5th line from top, “to the solution” should be “on the solution”.
- Page 66: In Exercise 2.18, should be . In the second to last display, the closing right parenthesis should be deleted.
- Page 67: In Exercise 2.19, the normalisation is missing.
- Page 67, bottom: “forall” should be “for all”.
- Page 71: Two lines before (2.19), should be .

- Page 72: In Exercise 2.28, there should be a complex conjugate for in the second display. The Laplacian in the third display should be , and should equal rather than ; also, “psedoconformal” should be “pseudoconformal”. For the extra challenge, one needs to use separation of variables and consider solutions to Schrodinger of the form for some (and some rescaling of the wave-Schrodinger correspondence may also be necessary). In Exercise 2.30, “Airy function” should be “Airy equation”.
- Page 73: In Exercise 2.33, should be .
- Page 74: On the fifth line, add “(after replacing with )” after “which is (2.25)”. In (2.26), should be . In the discussion after Theorem 2.3, it should be noted that the estimates of Strichartz are based on the earlier restriction theorems obtained by Stein (unpublished, 1968, though mentioned in the thesis of Charles Fefferman) and Tomas (in the cited reference [Tomas]), and in particular on a subsequent unpublished interpolation argument of Stein that leads to what is now known as the Tomas-Stein restriction theorem (and which is discussed for instance in Stein’s book
*Harmonic analysis,*or in Stein’s Beijing lecture notes). Marcinkeiwicz should be Marcinkiewicz. In the second paragraph after (2.23), “than on the left” should be “than on the right”. - Page 75: In the proof of Theorem 2.3, should be .
- Page 76: In Figure 1, the role of and should be interchanged. “Applying Holder’s inequality” should be “Applying Holder’s inequality twice”.
- Page 77: In the second display, should be .
- Page 78: In Figure 2, the role of and should be interchanged.
- Page 80: In Exercise 2.35, “(2.34)” should be “Exercise 2.34″. “for all ” should be “holds for all “. In Exercise 2.3.7, “” needs to be appended to .
- Page 81: In Exercise 2.43, the space-time domain “ and ” should be “ and“.
- Page 81-82: In Exercise 2.46, the hypothesis should be replaced with (and so the claim is not quite true for
*all*Schrodinger-admissible exponents). Also, to use complex interpolation to prove this estimate requires the theory of BMO (and the Fefferman-Stein interpolation theorem); it is easier to use the Littlewood-Paley inequality (A.7) instead. - Page 83: two lines above (2.33), “transation” should be “translation”.
- Page 84: In the display after (2.35), the minus sign should be deleted. Three lines above (2.36), “multiplying first equation” should be “multiplying the first equation”. On the 8th line from bottom, delete the second “the useful identity”.
- Page 85: At and before (2.40), should be .
- Page 87: In Exercise 2.52, add “to” after . At the end of Exercise 2.54, “in homogeneous” should be “inhomogeneous”.
- Page 92: In the equation just below (2.54), should be . In (2.54), should be .
- Page 94: In the first display, should be. In the second and third display, should be .
- Page 99: in the definition of norm with the torus as spatial domain around the middle of the page the should be replaced by k. In the formula following it should be replaced by x.
- Page 100: In the first line, “ and ” should be “ and “. In the last two displays, should be.
- Page 102: The case in the proof of Lemma 2.11 is not as trivial as claimed. However, once the case is proven, the case can then be deduced as follows. Observe that the bound suffices to control the portion of for which , so it suffices to control , where P is the Fourier projection to the region . We split this into and . For the former term, we can observe that for any frequency (improving the bound in the proof of the first estimate), and then by repeating the proof of the first estimate one obtains an acceptable estimate for this term. As for the final term , we bound this by . By the Leibniz rule, the expression inside the norm splits into and . The first term contributes at most , while from the b’=0 theory the second term contributes at most , and both terms are acceptable.
- Page 102: In the last line of fourth display, the normshould be .
- Page 103: In the 9th last line, should be . In the third-to-last display, the norm of F should be .
- Page 105: In the fourth display, should be. In the first line after the fifth display, should be . Moreover, in the display of Exercise 2.70, one should interchange the role of u and v.
- Page 106: In Exercise 2.75, the hypothesis is missing.
- Page 109: “defocusing, absent, or focusing” should be “focusing, absent, or defocusing”.
- Page 110: In the second paragraph, F(zu) should equal rather than .
- Page 112: In the second paragraph, “the Laplacian ” should be “the Laplacian “, and “in order to solve the NLS” should be “in order for to solve the NLS”. After (3.5), should be . In (3.5), the expression of u should be . In the text after equation (3.5), anticlockwise should be clockwise, and “compared the frequency” should be “compared to the frequency”.
- Page 113: Before (3.6), should be . After (3.6), should be . After (3.7), should be . In (3.8), should be . After (3.8), “ for NLW” should be “ for NLW”. After (3.8), “defocusing” should be “focusing”.
- Page 116: In (3.15), should be . In(3.16), should be . In the formula before (3.18), “” should be ““. In (3.19), “” should be ““.
- Page 119: In the end of the first main paragraph, “if Principle 3.1″ should be “of Principle 3.1″.
- Page 120: In Exercise 3.4, the exponents for the predicted time T should have a minus sign. In Exercise 3.5, \mu=+1 should be \mu=-1.
- Page 122: In the first paragraph, “show existence of solution” should be “show existence of a solution”
- Page 124: the second line after the proof of Proposition 3.3, “one and nonlinearities” should be “and nonlinearities one”.
- Page 125: In the second line of Definition 3.4, ““should be ““. Also, “with the ” should be “with the topology”.
- Page 129: In the second-to-last line of the main text, “in one usually needs” should just be “one usually needs”.
- Page 130: In the second-to-last sentence of footnote 18, “controlled in” should just be “controlled”. In the third paragraph, “are locally bounded” should be “is locally bounded”. In the first paragraph, the final left parenthesis should be replaced with a semicolon.
- Page 131: “Banach space algebra” should be “Banach algebra”. On the last line of the main text, the right-parenthesis after should be omitted.
- Page 132: In the fourth and fifth lines, should be . In the second paragraph after Remark 3.10, add “norm” before “stays bounded”. In (3.25), the exponent should instead be .
- Page 133: In Remark 3.12, the phrase “by Sobolev embedding” should be placed in parentheses and moved to before “and hence in”.
- Page 134: In Remark 3.14, “a critical controlling norms” should be “a critical controlling norm”.
- Page 135: In Proposition 3.15, does not depend on . In (3.26), should be . Two lines above (3.26), Proposition 2.3 should be Theorem 2.3.
- Page 136: “” should be “”. “” should be “” (two occurrences), and “” should be “”.
- Page 137: In the formula of Proposition 3.17, should be.
- Page 138: In (3.28), the norm should be on , not on .
- Page 139: In the second to last display in the proof of Proposition 3.19, the exponent should be .
- Page 140: In Figure 5, should be .
- Page 141: In the formula of Exercise 3.16, the in the LHS should bet.
- Page 142: In Exercise 3.18, “n” should be “d” throughout (for consistency with the rest of the text).
- Page 144: In the line before the first formula, “by by” should be”by”.
- Page 145: In Proposition 3.23, “some time interval” should be “the time interval”.
- Page 146: In the proof of Proposition 3.23, Proposition 3.23 should be Proposition 3.22. In the first line of the proof, “we” should be capitalised.
- Page 147: A period is missing after Footnote 28.
- Page 148: second paragraph after Principle 2.34, last line “n>6″ should be “d>6″
- Page 150: “subcritical” should be “sub-critical”
- Page 151: should be . In the formula of Exercise 3.31, the term should be .
- Page 152: In exercise 3.35, the first appearance of “defocusing” should be omitted.
- Page 153: In the formula of Exercise 3.39, the norm shouldbe taken for but not .
- Page 154, fourth to last line: should be .
- Page 156: After (3.37), should be . In (3.38), an integration in is missing. In (3.37), there should be a (d-1) in front of the , and similarly for (3.40) and (3.41).
- Page 159: In the first display, the first bracket should not be subscripted. In (3.45), an integration in is missing. In the second formula of this page, should be . In the last formula of this page, the norm should be a norm.
- Page 160: After the first formula of this page, -criticalshould be -critical. In the third formula of this page, the minus sign should not occur.
- Page 161: In Exercise 3.46, the coefficient $latex+ \frac{p \delta_{jk}}{2(p+1)}$ in the first display should be , and the coefficient in the second display should be .
- Page 162: In line 4 and 7, should be .
- Page 166: should be ; similarly on (3.51) in page 167.
- Page 167: In the third display, should be . Near the end of the proof, “yields” should be “yield”. After the display following the proof, “energy give” should be “energy gives”.
- Page 168: In the second formula of this page, the denominator shouldbe 2d rather than 4d. In the statement and proof of Proposition 3.32, should be (three occurrences). “pseudoconformal decay laws” should be “pseudoconformal decay law”. In Proposition 3.32, “norm of ” should be “norm of “.
- Page 169: In the second line after the last formula of this page,Exercise 3.35 should be Proposition 3.25. From the last 6 lines onwards,all occurrences of 1/T should be T.
- Page 170: In Remark 3.3, “(still open)” should be “(still unproven)” (although this result has in fact been proven by Dodson after the publication of this book).
- Page 171: After (3.52), “small some suitable norms” should be “small in some suitable norms”.
- Page 173: In (3.55), (3.56) and the second line before (3.55), four occurrences of the exponent 2 should be p-1. Before (3.56), “This equation just” should be “This equation is just”.
- Page 174: In the first paragraph, (3.55) should be (3.56). In the second and third displays, the last term should be . In the third display, a is missing after the integral sign, and a -i should be present before the integral. In (3.57) and the previous formula, should be . Moreover, in (3.57), should be . In line -7, “long-range case p>3″ should be “long-range case p<3″. In the last paragraph, “that the short-range case” should be “that in the short-range case”.
- Page 175: In the proof of Proposition 3.35, should be (two occurrences). In the fifth display, “” should be ““. A period is missing after Footnote 42.
- Page 176, first line, “sufficiently small depending on t” should be “sufficiently small depending on “.
- Page 178: In the 9th line of the third paragraph, should be .
- Page 179: In the second display, should be . In Exercise 3.56, the “” in the first display and “” after the second display should be”” in the firstdisplay and ““, respectively.
- Page 180: In the third line, should be . The definition of needs a prefactor of , and in the exponent should be . In the final display, a right-parenthesis is missing in the norm for , and the first integral sign in that display should be removed.
- Page 182: In (3.72), should be . After (3.72), “” should be ““. In the second paragraph, the critical index for focusing NLW should be .
- Page 183: After (3.73), Exercise 3.38 should be Exercise 3.35 and Exercise 3.39.
- Page 184: Before the first display, should be . In the last display, one should replace “p” by “3″.
- Page 186: In the quote, “Law” should not be capitalised.
- Page 189: After (3.74), “wellposednes” should be “wellposedness”.
- Page 190: In the penultimate display, the slash should be a period.
- Page 191: In the fourth display, should be . In the second display, a right parenthesis is missing inside the norm.
- Page 192: In Proposition 3.39, should be . s>3/4 should be replaced by s>4/5, and the first display should be replaced by .
- Page 193: In (4.7), should be . In the bottom middle box, a right-parenthesis is missing.
- Page 198, top: the reflection symmetry claimed for the KdV equation is incorrect and should be deleted.
- Page 208: Superfluous ) parenthesis on (4.18) and on the preceding equation, as well as the display two equations down.
- Page 220: In (4.13), should be . In (4.14), should be .
- Page 235: In the definition of the local energy , all occurrences of should be .
- Page 236: In (5.5), the limit superior should be to rather than .
- Page 238: In the last line of Proposition 5.6, insert “is the linear solution” before “with initial data”.
- Page 240: The application of Proposition 5.1 in the third display is not correct, as it neglects the linear term. The fix is a little complicated: adding the linear term adds a 1 to the RHS, which prevents a direct continuity argument from working. But one can use a wider range of Strichartz estimates than provided by Proposition 5.1 to place the LHS in, say, norm rather than norm. Interpolating back with the hypothesis one recovers an estimate which is amenable to a continuity argument (with replaced by a slightly smaller power of ).
- Page 247: In the third line of Theorem 5.1, should be .
- Page 249: In the fourth display, should be .
- Page 254: In the sixth to last line, “unexceptional” should be “exceptional”.
- Page 261: In the last paragraph above the exercises, should be .
- Page 275: In the first line after the display in Exercise 5.21, “” should be ““.
- Page 280: In (6.3), u should be (two occurrences). In equation (6.5), the should be outside the integral.
- Page 281: In the display after (6.7), a factor is missing from the right-hand side.
- Page 282: In Exercise 6.2(iii), one of the superscripts should instead be a subscript.
- Page 285: In Exercise 6.6, the term in the zero torsion property should just be .
- Page 287: In the last display of Exercise 6.13, should be .
- Page 302: In (6.35), should be . In (6.36), should be .
- Page 334: In (A.7), the condition “for ” should be added.
- Page 339, second display: should be . In the right-hand side of the fifth display, should be , and should be . (The latter correction should also apply to the second line of the fourth display.)
- Page 340, equation (A.20): should be . In the last display, the norm should be .
- Page 341, last display in proof of Lemma A.9: The norm on the LHS should be squared, and the term should be , where is arbitrary (and the implied constant now depends of course on . When we sum in N, we have to assume sufficiently small depending on k and s.
- Page 343, Exercise A.8: In the endpoint Sobolev inequality, both instances of the exponent should be replaced by . (Also, needs to be strictly greater than 1.) In Exercise A.12, there is a term missing on the right-hand side, and the correct bound is .
- Page 344, Exercise A.18: The hypothesis that is spherically symmetric is missing.
- Page 347: The quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is slightly inaccurate; the correct quote is “
*la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher.*“. In the third paragraph, “model example of positive solution” should be “model example of a positive solution”. In the last line, should equal rather than . - Page 348: Before (B.3): “a positive and finite” should be “positive and finite”. In second paragraph: closing parenthesis before “we conclude that”. In Lemma B.1, one can remark that the hypothesis is redundant since is known to be positive. The formula for should be .
- Page 349: In Lemma B.2: should be , with a similar modification within the proof of that lemma. In the proof of Lemma B.1, there is a factor of missing in the second and third terms of the right-hand side of the first display. “Q is maximiser of W” should read “Q is a maxximiser of W”. In the proof of Lemma B.3, add the following clarification in the second sentence: “(since is the inner product of against a Schwartz function for any fixed )”.
- Page 351: In the second line from the top, “On the other hand” should be “On the one hand”. In the last line of the proof of Lemma B.4, W(u) should be W(Q). In Theorem B.5, the hypothesis that u is non-zero may be omitted (since is strictly positive).
- Page 353, Proposition B.7: “Let Q be non-negative solution” should be “Let Q be a non-negative solution”.
- Page 354, Proposition B.8: “Let Q be non-negative solution” should be “Let Q be a non-negative solution”.
- Page 360: In the hint for Exercise B.3, and should be and .
- Page 362: A right parenthesis is missing at the end of Exercise B.13. In the end of Exercise B.14, the parentheses around B.13 should be removed.

Many thanks to Adam Azzam, Jordan Bell, Sebastien Breteaux, James Fennell, Eric Foxall, Danny Goodman, Zaher Hani, Rowan Killip, Soonsik Kwon, Liu Xiao Chuan, Timothy Nguyen, Guillermo Reyley, Tristan Roy, Shuanglin Shao, Paul Smith, Elias Stein, Monica Visan, Haokun Xu, Chengbo Wang, Shijun Zheng, and Zuchong Zhi for corrections!

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25 August, 2008 at 5:10 pm

Tricks Wiki article: The tensor product trick « What’s new[...] Remark. A similar trick allows us to deduce “interaction” or “many-particle” Morawetz estimates for the Schrödinger equation from their more traditional “single-particle” counterparts; see for instance Chapter 3.5 of my book. [...]

13 November, 2008 at 5:34 am

liuxiaochuanDear Professor:

Here are two corrections.

1, In page 28, I think on the formula for in Example 1.28, the original 2i is correct, instead of -2i.

2, In page 29, just before (1.34), I think it should be there.

13 November, 2008 at 11:31 am

Terence TaoThanks for the corrections!

10 December, 2008 at 10:54 pm

AnonymousFor what it is worth, this text might greatly benefit from an index.

28 February, 2009 at 12:13 am

Tricks Wiki: Give yourself an epsilon of room « What’s new[...] We will sketch (omitting several technical details, which can be found for instance in my PDE book) a very typical instance. Consider a nonlinear PDE, e.g. the nonlinear wave [...]

26 January, 2010 at 12:13 pm

AnonymousIs a second edition planned?

2 April, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Amplitude-frequency dynamics for semilinear dispersive equations « What’s new[...] It turns out that one can similarly analyse the behaviour of nonlinear dispersive equations on a similar heuristic level, as that of understanding the dynamics as the amplitude and wavelength (or frequency ) of a wave. Below the fold I give some examples of this heuristic; for sake of concreteness I restrict attention to the nonlinear wave equation (1), though one can of course extend this heuristic to many other models also. Rigorous analogues of the arguments here can be found in several places, such as the book of Shatah and Struwe, or my own book on the subject. [...]

20 August, 2010 at 10:30 am

Spielman, Meyer, Nirenberg « What’s new[...] (Now it turns out that there are some technical issues in making the above sketch precise, mainly because of the non-compact nature of the half-space , but these can be fixed with a little bit of fiddling; see for instance Appendix B of my PDE textbook.) [...]

16 September, 2010 at 4:05 pm

AnonymousDear Professor Tao,

I think that Exercise 1.24 is false if the inequality is not strict (but true with a strict inequality there). Here is a counterexample: We take , , , . Then the conditions are satisfied and but everywhere else.

[Good point! I've added an erratum for this. -T.]13 March, 2011 at 2:46 am

SebastienDear Professor Tao,

I think there is an “error” p.12 in theorem 1.12,

“B:[t0,t1]->R+ is continous and nonnegative.”

the nonnegative hypothesis can be dropped (as you say just before the theorem).

[Added, thanks - T.]28 March, 2011 at 4:34 am

SebastienDear Professor Tao,

A correction p.41 in equation (1.42): ||N(u)||_D and not N(||u||_D).

[Added to the errata, thanks -T.]28 March, 2011 at 6:58 am

SebastienDear professor Tao,

Pp 46-47 in the proof of proposition 1.41, I think there is something inconsistent. -The norm N is defined on C^0([0,+∞)->D) and you assert that then

sup_t exp(sigma t) ||u(t)||_D

is finite which is generally false.

And with this norm I don’t see how one can hope to get the estimate (p.47)

||DF||_S ≤ ||F||_N / sigma.

So I guess there is a mistake somewhere.

[Sorry, there were a number of typos in the text; I've added them to the errata. -T.]28 March, 2011 at 7:07 am

AnonymousI think sigma is supposed to be 2sigma

1 April, 2011 at 4:49 am

Sebastien“the first display of Page 47, the first factor of exp(-sigma t) should be exp(sigma t).”

No, I think that with the definition of the norm N with 2 sigma everything is fine as it is.

[Ah, I overcorrected for this problem :-). Thanks! - T.]15 May, 2011 at 9:39 am

FilipeDear Prof. Tao,

just a small typo in view of a possible future re-edition of your book:

on the top of page 101, inside the integral, it is ^2b and not <\tau_o)^2b.

15 May, 2011 at 9:43 am

FilipeI mean, > instead of ), sorry.

27 July, 2011 at 6:37 am

AnonymousI think there is an error in exercise 2.3 (page 58). The Schrödinger equation should be

[Corrected, thanks - T.]29 December, 2011 at 1:18 pm

AnonymousOn page 331, you give a definition of the fractional Sobolev spaces using Bessel potentials. It seems to me this is not the standard definition: usually is defined as the real interpolation space between the (i.e. the Besov space ). This probably doesn’t make any difference, but it might be worth mentioning.

30 December, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Gandhi ViswanathanI noticed the same thing on page 331. The Fourier multiplier symbol for the inhomogeneous Sobolev norm is not the one I had expected.

31 December, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Gandhi ViswanathanPlease disregard my comment, I had not noticed the “Japanese bracket”…

2 January, 2012 at 3:47 am

AnonymousI think in page 74, the right hand side of (2.26) should be $$ \|F\|_{L^{q’}_t L^{r’}_x(\mathbb{R}\times \mathbb{R}^d)}$$

2 January, 2012 at 6:12 am

Anonymousnever mind this comment

13 January, 2012 at 12:56 pm

AnonymousIn page 102 (in the proof of Lemma 2.11), you say that $b’ = b$ case is trivial. Could you just point me in the right direction? This does not at all seem easy to prove when $b\neq 0$. I see that there’s a rather involved argument through using $A_p$ weights, but no simple ones come to mind. Thanks.

13 January, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Terence TaoHmm, this is indeed less trivial than I had thought. Note though that from the case that one can already treat the portion of for which , so it suffices to control , where P is the Fourier projection to the region . We can observe that for any frequency (improving the bound in the proof of the first estimate), and then by repeating the proof of the first estimate one obtains the claim. I’ll add an erratum with this argument.

14 January, 2012 at 11:30 am

AnonymousThanks for the reply. But I still don’t understand your claim that . For example, if is supported on , then . If , then the left-side of the inequality is , while the right side is . Am I mistaken somewhere? Thanks again for your time.

14 January, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Terence TaoGah, you’re right; the argument I sketched only deals with the component of . (This is essentially enough if has a compactly supported Fourier transform, but we are not quite able to assume this.) The final term requires some additional argument which I have sketched in a revised erratum in the main post.

3 August, 2012 at 7:21 pm

7starseaIn Exercise 1.27, Do we have instead of

3 August, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Terence TaoNo, I believe there should be a minus sign here. (Note that there is an additional hypothesis that J should be skew-adjoint, as noted in the errata, which is the source of the minus sign.)

4 August, 2012 at 5:46 am

7starseaHere is my calculation:

By definition, we have , and since and is skew-adjoint, we also have . Hence, we can conclude that .

On the other hand, , which shows that . This gives us .

This gives us a contradiction !!!

Thanks.

4 August, 2012 at 8:33 am

Terence TaoAh, I see the issue now: you are indeed correct that . (The other calculation gives , which is what confused me.)

4 August, 2012 at 9:08 am

7starseaI think the definition of the symplectic form should be . This coincides with that .

See http://www.math.psu.edu/tabachni/courses/symplectic.pdf

Thanks.

11 August, 2012 at 8:06 pm

7starseaDear Professor Tao,

There is a typo (‘neighborhood’ instead of ‘neighbourhood’) in the assertion (c) in pp. 21.

[I was unable to locate this issue - T.]In Exercise 2.19, I think you missed the assumption that .

[Correction added, thanks - T.]In Exercise 1.59, I do not know how to do the calculation since you did not specify the specific simplectic form (i.e. in Exercise 1.27) for the Hamiltonian, is that right?

[Sorry, "Exercise 1.27" should read "Example 1.27". - T.]By the way, in Exercise 1.27, I think instead of , see my previous comments.

[Either sign convention would be acceptable here - there is no universally agreed upon convention. -T]Thanks so much!

25 August, 2012 at 1:09 am

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13 February, 2013 at 3:41 pm

ixHello, I was trying to do Exercise 2.28 (the part where we are asked to link the pseudoconformal transformation for the Schrodinger equation to the conformal transformation for the wave equation) but got really stuck. Are there any references where this is explained?

Thank you very much.

[See the errata for this question in the body of this post - T.]14 February, 2013 at 7:02 pm

ixThank you!

14 February, 2013 at 1:41 pm

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13 March, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Eric FoxallDear Professor Tao,

In Chapter 1, when proving for ODEs that weak solution –> classical solution, I am a bit puzzled by the step “integral of F(u) Lipschitz implies u Lipschitz”; this would be obvious if u appeared alone on the LHS of equation (1.8). Is there a typo here, or am I missing an estimation step? Thanks in advance.

13 March, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Terence TaoI am afraid I don’t see the problem, since u(t) does indeed appear alone on the LHS of (1.8).

14 March, 2013 at 8:15 am

AnonymousOh, pardon me, I think I see my mistake. I had thought, while reading, that (1.8) had been referring to the equation for a weak solution. I suppose I am unclear, then, what it means for u(t) to solve the equation for a strong solution “in the sense of distributions”, since a distribution may not always be a function.

14 March, 2013 at 8:58 am

Terence TaoNot every distribution is a function, but every (locally integrable) function is a distribution, and two locally integrable functions agree as distributions iff they are equal almost everywhere. The interpretation of (1.8) in the distributional sense is given explicitly in the display after (1.8).

14 March, 2013 at 10:19 am

AnonymousI think it is clearer now. If I understand correctly, given a weak solution u, then since the integral of F(u) is Lipschitz, we conclude from the equation for a strong solution that there is a “version” of u which is a Lipschitz function, and plugging in once more, conclude that u is C1.

16 March, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Eric FoxallHi, a note on exercise 1.57: the result appears to follow easily if one assumes that dL/dt = PL – LP = -[L,P], but I cannot see how to do it if dL/dt = [L,P].

[Erratum added - T.]16 March, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Jérôme ChauvetDear Pr. Tao,

I feel very flattered you quoted a french author for this one. It would be however more appropriate in this case to quote the whole sentence:

“Il semble que la perfection soit atteinte non quand il n’y a plus rien à ajouter, mais quand il n’y a plus rien à retrancher.“

“soit” is a form of the verb “être” (= to be) which cannot be dissociated from “Il semble que” without producing an awkwardness for the french reader (who’s flattered anyway). You get more or less the same feeling in english when conjugating with subjunctive :

“It seems as if perfection be attained not when etc.” turned into “perfection be attained not when etc.”

I just wanted to help.

Quite a cl bk. Thanks.

Best regards,

11 December, 2013 at 11:20 pm

AnonymousPossible error on page 198. The KdV does not seem to have the stated reflection symmetry.

[Oops, you're right; I've added an erratum accordingly. -T.]24 March, 2014 at 9:31 am

AnonymousDear Professor Tao,

I may be wrong, but I think on page 339 in the fourth display in the last L^2 norm there should be a |\nabla|^s derivative to compensate for the appearing dyadic number M^{-s}.

Concerning the Lipschitz-estimate in Exercise A.12. It is clear, as indicated in the book, that the above given corrected estimate is a consequence of Lemma 8 and 9 with the fundamental theorem. However I wonder if the “uncorrected” version could still be true. In his book “Tools for PDE” Taylor gives a counterexample for the analogous statement if R^d is replaced by the two dimensional Torus. But maybe the situation on R^d or other manifolds is better?

Thanks in advance for any comment on this and many thanks for the well-explained heuristics in the book.

Best regards

[Correction added, thanks. As these estimates are local in nature, I would expect that the counterexample in Taylor can be adapted to other domains than the torus. -T.]28 March, 2014 at 5:32 am

AnonymousThanks for the comment. In the meantime I realized that there is way to define Sobolev spaces on certain (e.g. compact) manifolds via the corresponding Sobolev norm on R^n, via localization. So an estimate like the “uncorrected” Lipschitz estimate could be carried over to these manifolds. Thus indeed the “uncorrected” estimate cannot hold, since it would lead to the analogous estimate on such manifolds and this would be a contradiction to the counterexample of Taylor.

One more thing: On page 340 in the last display, I think the first norm should be instead of .

[Corrected, thanks - T.]Best regards

23 April, 2014 at 7:53 am

AnonymousIn the corrected version of the Lipschitz estimate on page 343, I think there should be an additional dependency on and of the “constant” for the additional second term. This comes from the application of the prior nonlinear estimate on after using the fundamental theorem and the product estimate. Also should be to do this.

Best regards.

[Corrected, thanks. The normalisation can easily be removed by subtracting a linear function from . -T.]5 June, 2014 at 12:23 pm

zuchongzhiDear Professor Tao:

May I ask for a hint for Exercise 1.15? I can show that the solution exists for all times , but I do not know how to show . You suggested the reader to use Gronwall’s inequality again, but I just could not see how it helps me to show stays in .

Another trivial question I want to ask is in Example 1.28 we should have that

by (1.26). Consider the simplest case we should have

where is some vector in . Since you have

this should imply

But at this step I got lost, since the left hand is

I do not know if I made some mistake somewhere.

5 June, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Terence TaoThanks for the correction!

For Exercise 1.15, you might try first with the specific case of the special linear group , which is cut out by a single equation , and to use Gronwall to show that for all times t if this is true at time 0, using the description of the Lie algebra as the trace zero matrices. The general case is similar (except that one may have multiple defining equations to cut out the group, rather than just a single one).

5 June, 2014 at 6:40 pm

zuchongzhiDear Professor Tao:

Thank you for the reply. I was taken away with my belief Lie groups may not be matrix groups, and I ignored the explicit condition given. By the way I think you meant , not . I think the strategy is to use the matrix identity , since we know and , we can use Gronwall’s inequality on as the term would be essentially bounded for small near . Then we iterates this procedure. I do not know if this is the right way (it feels overly complicated).

May I also ask for hint for Problem 1.16? I was thinking you wanted me to differentiate . Since we want to bound ‘s size, I could have assumed that time we have . Therefore we have for large enough at . And from this we can apply Gronwall’s inequality. But I feel this bound is too coarse, and it does not give us the right result we wanted after I go back to . Further I failed to use your hint that I need to make use of the self-adjoint component of . Sorry I was kind of lost.

6 June, 2014 at 8:16 am

Terence TaoUse the fact that is equal to .

6 June, 2014 at 9:51 am

zuchongzhiDear Professor Tao:

Thanks for the hint! I did not think about that.

In Page 36, Example 1.31, do you mean instead of ? Also in Page 37, Example 1.33, I think there is an extra on the third line, it seems to have been incorporated into the second term already. I do not know if I missed something in the reading.

[The remarks in Example 1.31 are in fact valid for any positive C. For Example 1.33, what is going on is that is being split as the sum of and .6 June, 2014 at 6:07 pm

zuchongzhiDear Professor Tao:

Sorry for commenting at here as I cannot comment my own post. I am kind of lost with your comment that Example 1.31 works for any . I think by virial identity we have

. And it would require we have , which after cancellation should imply . I do not know if I am missing something really trivial. And thanks for pointing out my mistake in Example 1.33.

I have a trivial question to ask. For Exercise 1.16, consider the most trivial case where is a self-adjoint linear operator, we should recover Duhamel’s formula in Proposition 1.35. However the two formulas (1.48 and the one appeared in Levinson’ theorem) seems rather different, for in (1.48) the term is inside the integral, and I do not know how to modify it to the form of Levinson’s theorem.

For your hint, I think you meant . Therefore if the ground field is they are equal. Now I have . I do not really know how to control the term without using some Duhamel type argument or some superficial argument (like assume for ). And I do not know how to get as I wanted. Sorry for being really slow for following your guidance.

6 June, 2014 at 6:28 pm

Terence TaoYes, you’re right, C should actually be between 0 and 2, and there should be a conjugation sign for in the complex case.

For Duhamel’s formula to apply in the form of (1.48), one needs L to be independent of t, in which case the bound in Levinson’s theorem will indeed follow from (1.48).

To control , use the Cauchy-Schwarz inequality. There will be factors of on both sides that one can cancel out (or, if one is concerned about division by zero, one can work instead with for some small ).

8 June, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Adam AzzamSmall Typo: On Page 235, in your definition of the local energy , I believe that each appearance of should be .

16 June, 2014 at 10:46 pm

SonProfessor Tao,

On page 74, equation (2.25), is it ? If it is the case then there is a typo on page 77, line 4. If the equation on line 4 is true then this is a typo.

[Corrected, thanks - T.]24 June, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Adam AzzamIn Exercise 3.46 [Morawetz for NLW] on Page 161, the identity in the first display seems to be incorrect. The coefficient in front of in is , whereas the coefficient in front of on the RHS of the identity is .

24 June, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Adam AzzamOf course, I meant that the coefficient in front of in is .

[Correction added, - T.]8 October, 2014 at 10:42 am

AnonymousI’ve been confused about what “global” and “local” solutions to a differential equation mean. Some textbook define a global solution for an ODE as something like “the solution is valid for “. But questions like “do we have a solution to some ODE (PDE) on ” is sometimes also called question about global existence. I tried to search lots of textbooks (this one included), but I don’t see any formal definitions of these two terms. You mentioned before that not every term in mathematics has a definition. So, what do people mean when they say “global” and “local” solutions for a PDE (ODE)?

8 October, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Terence TaoAs you say, these terms do not have a single formal definition, but generally speaking, a local solution to a differential equation is one defined in some (small) neighbourhood of the initial time , or in some cases the initial position or initial spacetime point . If the equation is not time reversible (e.g. a parabolic equation), then one often considers one-sided neighbourhoods such as rather than two-sided neighbourhoods . Global solutions are defined on the whole domain of interest, which in the case of the time variable may be either or , depending on the situation (again, one usually sees the latter for non-time-reversible equations such as parabolic equations, and the former for time-reversible equations such as Hamiltonian equations).

12 November, 2014 at 12:45 pm

jamesfennellThere’s a small typo in Exercise 2.37, page 80, which concerns solutions of Schrodiner’s equation with finite energy. It reads “show that for …".

I thought the limit should be 0, but I'm not sure: the best I can get out of Strichartz and Sobolev is that is bounded in time, and this holds for the other values by interpolating between and .

[Corrected, thanks. For the exercise, think about the standard proof of the Riemann-Lebesgue lemma, and see if you can prove the exercise in the case that the initial data is a Schwartz function. -T.]