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Optimal reaction exponent for some qualitative properties of solutions to the $p$-heat equation

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  • This article deals with the following quasilinear parabolic problem \begin{eqnarray} u_t-\Delta_p u=h(x)u^{q}, u\geq 0 & \text{in} \,\, \Omega\times (0,\infty),\\ u(x,t)=0 & \text{on}\,\, \partial \Omega\times (0,\infty), \\ u(x,0)=f(x), \,\, f\geq 0 & \text{in} \,\, \Omega, \end{eqnarray} where $-\Delta_p u=-div(|\nabla u|^{p-2}\nabla u)$, $p>1$, $q>0$, $h(x)>0$ and $f(x)\geq 0$ are non negative functions satisfying suitable hypotheses. We assume the domain $\Omega$ is either a bounded regular domain or the whole $\mathbb{R}^N$. The main contribution of this work is to prove that the optimal exponent in the reaction term in order to prove existence of a global positive solution is $q_0=\min\{1,(p-1)\}$. More precisely, we obtain the following conclusions
    If $1 < p < 2$ and $0 < q < p-1$, there is no finite extinction time.

    If $p > 2$ and $0 < q< 1$, there is no finite speed of propagation.
    In both cases the result is optimal.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: 35K59, 35K65, 35K67, 35K92, 35B09.


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