Note 1: the following question has been post on Math Stackexchange here but receive no respond. So I post it here to get more attention.

Note 2: This is my research problem, but the original problem has more complicated operator other then just $\Delta$ below. And it works in $BV$ space. But here I give the most simplified version so that to have some ideas...

I am studying the following basic heat equation. (All notations follows Evans book) \begin{align} u_t -\Delta u =0 &\text{ in }\mathbb R^2\times(0,\infty)\\ u=u_0 &\text{ on }\mathbb R^2\times\{t=0\} \end{align} i.e., the Cauchy problem. Here we assume $u_0\in C_c^\infty(\mathbb R^2)$ and $u_0$ is non-negative.

Let $u(x,t)$ denote the standard solution so that $$ u(x,t):=\frac{1}{4\pi t}\int_{\mathbb R^2}e^{-\frac{|x-y|^2}{4t}}u_0(y)dy \tag 1 $$

Now given a function $a(x)\in C_c^\infty(\mathbb R^2)$ so that $$ \int_{\mathbb R^2}a(x)\,dx=0,\,\,\int_{\mathbb R^2}a(x)u_0(x)\,dx=C = \int_{\mathbb R^2}(a(x))^2dx, \tag 3 $$ where $C>0$ is a constant. (Note the above equation does not mean $u_0=a$)

Now I need to study the following equation: $$ f(t):=\int_{\mathbb R^2} [u(x,t)-u_0(x)]\cdot\partial_t u(x,t)\,dx - \int_{\mathbb R^2} \partial_tu(x,t)\cdot a(x)\,dx. \tag 2 $$

My questions:

  1. Assume that there exist $t_0>0$ so that $f(t_0)=0$. Prove that for all $0<t<t_0$, $f(t)<0$; and for all $t>t_0$, $f(t)>0$. And I expect $f(t)\to 0$ as $t\to\infty$.

  2. Give a condition on $u_0$ so that there exists such $t_0>0$. (the condition can not be $u_0$ is a constant.)

What I tried so far is put $(1)$ into $(2)$ and see what's going on. But so far I got nothing... I suspect $$ 0\leq \int_{\mathbb R^2}a(x)u(x,t_2)\,dx\leq \int_{\mathbb R^2}a(x)u(x,t_1)\,dx\leq \int_{\mathbb R^2}a(x)u_0(x)\,dx $$ for $0<t_1<t_2$ but I can not prove it.

Any help is really welcome!

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    $\begingroup$ You posted on Math.SE only 16 hours ago. It is premature to crosspost. $\endgroup$ Nov 16, 2015 at 16:35
  • $\begingroup$ A typical "no return" condition that would imply point 1. is the following: $$f(t_0)=0 \Rightarrow f'(t_0)>0.$$I don't know if your function $f$ satisfies it, though. $\endgroup$ Nov 17, 2015 at 17:54
  • $\begingroup$ @NateEldredge I think it is already $2$ days now! So it should be ok to edit and post it. Thx! $\endgroup$
    – JumpJump
    Nov 18, 2015 at 0:28
  • $\begingroup$ Do you want a proof that 1 holds for all possible choices of $a$? Or that there exists some choice of $a$ such that 1 holds? And similarly regarding 2. $\endgroup$ Nov 18, 2015 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidKetcheson The properties of $a(x)$ has been given in eq.(3), I don't have more assumptions for it... $\endgroup$
    – JumpJump
    Nov 18, 2015 at 16:11


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