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Preprint 2008-009

Structure of fundamental solutions of a conservation law without convexity

Yong-Jung Kim and Young-Ran Lee

Abstract: This note is devoted to reveal the structure of signed fundamental solutions of a conservation law without the convexity assumption. It is assumed that the flux is in C1(R) and has a finite number of inflection points. Fundamental solutions of the case have been constructed in [Preprint 2007-022] employing convex and concave envelopes. This construction provides useful information on the structure of a fundamental solution in terms of the envelopes and we clarify the dynamics of a fundamental solution using this structural information. We classify the types of shocks, rarefaction waves and their interactions to reach the final stage of its asymptotics. A complete example of such a dynamics is given with a full characteristic map.

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Yong-Jung Kim,
Young-Ran Lee,
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Submitted to ARMA on March 14 2008
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; 2008-03-13.