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GLOBAL DISSIPATIVE SOLUTIONS OF THE CAMASSA–HOLM EQUATION

ALBERTO BRESSAN, ADRIAN CONSTANTIN

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This paper is devoted to the continuation of solutions to the Camassa–Holm equation after wave breaking. By introducing a new set of independent and dependent variables, the evolution problem is rewritten as a semilinear hyperbolic system in an Lspace, containing a non-local source term which is discontinuous but has bounded directional variation. For a given initial condition, the Cauchy problem has a unique solution obtained as fixed point of a contractive integral transformation. Returning to the original variables, we obtain a semigroup of global dissipative solutions, defined for every initial data [Formula: see text], and continuously depending on the initial data. The new variables resolve all singularities due to possible wave breaking and ensure that energy loss occurs only through wave breaking.