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# Remark on global attractor for damped wave equation on \(\mathbb{R}^{3}\)

*Advances in Difference Equations*
**volume 2015**, Article number: 375 (2015)

## Abstract

This paper is concerned with the long-time behavior of solutions to the weakly damped wave equation with lower regular forcing defined on the entire space \(\mathbb{R}^{3}\). The existence of a global attractor in \(H^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{3}) \times L^{2}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\) is proven. Moreover, under some additional condition, the translational regularity of the attractor is established.

## Introduction

In this paper, we study the following weakly damped wave equation defined on \(\mathbb{R}^{3}\):

Here \(\gamma>0\), \(\lambda>0\), and the initial data \((u_{0},u_{1})\) belong to the energy space \(H^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\times L^{2}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\), \(g\in H^{-1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\) is independent of time, \(f\in C^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{4})\), and the following conditions are satisfied:

In the case where the spatial variable *x* belongs to a bounded domain, the existence of global attractors for the weakly damped wave equations (1.1) has been widely investigated; see [1–11] and the references therein. In the case where the underlying domain is unbounded, due to the embedding

being continuous but no longer compact, there is a substantial difficulty in dealing with the compactness of the corresponding operator semigroup, however, the compactness is a key point to obtain the existence of global attractor. To avoid such difficulty, some researchers used weighted spaces (or special Banach spaces) instead of the usual Hilbert ones. For example, Babin and Vishik [12] for the first time investigated the corresponding problem for the equations of parabolic type in weighted Sobolev spaces as phase space. Karachalios and Stavrakakis [13] have also employed weighted Sobolev spaces to deal with the wave equation. However, when studying in weighted spaces we have to impose the additional condition that the initial data and forcing term also belong to the corresponding spaces. Based on an approximation of \(\mathbb{R}^{n}\) by a sufficiently large bounded domain \(B(0,R)\) and then showing that there is a null convergence of the solutions on \(\mathbb{R}^{n} \setminus B(0,R)\), Wang [14] came up with a new idea of ‘tail estimate’ to prove the asymptotic compactness of the semigroup, complied with the same idea, Khanmamedov [15, 16] dealt with plate equations, Djiby and You [17] tackled the weakly damped wave equation. By using a finite speed of propagation and specific estimates for the linear wave equations in \(\mathbb{R}^{n}\), Feireisl obtained the existence of a global attractor for the semilinear wave equations with critical and supercritical exponents in an unbounded domain; see [18, 19].

On the other hand, in terms of the forcing term *g*, all papers we mentioned above require \(g\in L^{2}\) or specially \(g=0\). In the case of lower regular forcing, we refer the reader to [20–22], in which the existence and asymptotic regularity of global attractor have been discussed for the strongly damped wave equations. As mentioned in [22], a strongly damped wave equation contains the strong damping term \(-\Delta u_{t}\), which brings about many advantages for considering the long-time behavior, especially in considering the attractor. However, for the weakly damped wave equation (1.1), it seems difficult to apply the corresponding method to verify asymptotic compactness of the solution semigroup. Just recently, in [23], we presented a new method for the decomposition of the solution to deal with the case of \(g\in H^{-1}(\Omega)\) in the bounded domain. Little seems to be known about the weakly damped wave equation in an unbounded domain with lower regular forcing.

The aim of this note is to study the existence and translational regularity of a global attractor for the weakly damped wave equation with lower regular forcing in unbounded domain. It is worth mentioning that the concept of translational regularity of global attractor, in other words, the global attractor being regular after a translation transformation, was introduced in our previous work [23].

Note that the number 2 in (1.2) corresponds to the ‘critical exponent’ case in bounded domains (see [1]), however, in an unbounded domain, it is possible to relax the growth restriction; see [24–30] for the well-posedness of the wave equation without damping and [19, 31] for the existence of global attractor. Due to the lower regular forcing considered in this paper, the well-posedness of problem (1.1) with faster growth nonlinearity is less clear, we shall discuss the weakly damped wave equation with lower regular forcing in unbounded domain when the growth exponent is larger that 3 in a future paper.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, well-posedness and dissipativity for (1.1) are given. Section 3 is devoted to the compactness of the semigroup and the existence of global attractor, where the proof of compactness for the semigroup is with the help of a decomposition of the solution which inspired by [18, 19, 23]. Finally, the translational regularity of the global attractor in \(\mathcal{H}\) is established in Section 4.

As regards the notations, denote \(H^{\sigma}=\operatorname{dom}((-\Delta)^{\frac{\sigma }{2}})\), then we define the energy product spaces \(\mathcal{H}^{\sigma}=H^{1+\sigma}\times H^{\sigma}\) with \(\mathcal{H}=\mathcal{H}^{0}\) for short, and we write \(\|\cdot\|\) for the norm of \(L^{2}\). Denote by *C* any positive constant which may be different from line to line or even on the same line, and we also denote the different positive constants by \(C_{i}\), \(i\in\mathbb{N}\), for distinguishing.

## Well-posedness and dissipativity

Applying the standard Galerkin method and smooth approximation on *g* (see, *e.g.*, [32]), under the conditions (1.2) and (1.3), we can verify that problem (1.1) is well-posed, that is, for any \(T>0\) and initial data \((u_{0},u_{1})\in\mathcal{H}\), problem (1.1) admits a unique weak solution \(u\in C(0,T;H^{1}(\mathbb {R}^{3}))\cap C^{1}(0,T;L^{2}(\mathbb{R}^{3}))\). Therefore, we can define an operator semigroup \(\{S(t)\}_{t\geq0}\) in \(\mathcal{H}\) as follows:

which is continuous in \(\mathcal{H}\). In addition, the weak solution \(u(t)\) satisfies the following energy estimate:

here and below, \((u,v)\) stands for the classical inner product in \(L^{2}\) and \(F(x,s)=\int_{0}^{s} f(x,\tau)\,d\tau\).

Note that \(u_{tt}+\gamma u_{t}-\Delta u-g=-f(x,u) \in L^{2}\), it allows us to multiply \(u_{t}+\alpha u\) over the equation (1.1), and by proper energy estimates (see, *e.g.*, [18, 20]), we can obtain the existence of an absorbing set. We only state the result.

### Lemma 2.1

*Suppose*
\(g\in H^{-1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\)
*and*
*f*
*satisfies* (1.2), (1.3), *then*
\(\{S(t)\}_{t\geq0}\)
*has a bounded absorbing set*
\(\mathscr{B}_{0}\)
*in*
\(\mathcal{H}\), *that is*, *for any bounded subset*
\(B\subset\mathcal{H}\), *there exists*
\(T_{0}\)
*which depends on*
\(\mathcal {H}\)-*bounds of*
*B*
*such that*

## Compactness and existence of global attractor

To prove the existence of global attractor by means of well-known results of the theory of dynamical systems, we also need to verify the asymptotic compactness of the solution semigroup \(\{S(t)\}_{t\ge0}\).

To this end, we decompose the solution \(u(t)\) as follows:

where *h* is a solution of the elliptic equation

\(v(t)\) solves the cutting-off problem

with the cutting-off function \(\mu\in\mathcal{C}^{\infty}(\mathbb{R}^{1})\) defined by

and the remainder \(w(t)\) satisfies

### Lemma 3.1

*Suppose*
\(g\in H^{-1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\)
*and*
*f*
*satisfies* (1.2), (1.3), *then equation* (3.2) *has a solution*
\(h\in H^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\).

### Proof

According to assumptions (1.2) and (1.3), the energy functional corresponding to elliptic equation (3.2) is weakly lower semi-continuous and bounded from below on \(H^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\), thus the existence of *h* can be guaranteed. □

### Lemma 3.2

*Under the hypotheses of Lemma*
3.1, *we can find a*
\(\delta_{0}>0\)
*such that*, *for any*
\(\varepsilon>0\), *there exists*
\(T_{1}=T_{1}(\varepsilon )>0\)
*such that*

### Proof

Multiplying (3.3) by \(v_{t}+\alpha v\) and integrating in \(\mathbb {R}^{3}\) we infer that

where

By the mean value theorem and (1.3), there exists a constant \(R_{1}>0\), such that, for all \(|x|> R_{1}\), we get

and

Hence, for \(\delta>R_{1}\), we have

Choosing \(\alpha\le\min\{\frac{\gamma}{3},\frac{\lambda}{3},\frac{1}{2}\}\), we obtain

and

with \(\kappa=\frac{\alpha}{2+2\gamma}\).

By substituting (3.10) and (3.11) into (3.7), we arrive at

Then the Gronwall inequality together with (3.12) will imply the conclusion. □

Before dealing with the *w*-component, we first introduce a technical tool which will be used in our proofs, that is, the Strichartz estimate for the following linear damped wave equation:

### Proposition 3.3

*Assume that*
\((v_{0},v_{1})\in\mathcal{H}\)
*and*
\(G\in L^{1}(0,T;L^{2}(\mathbb {R}^{3}))\). *Let*
\(v(t)\)
*be a solution of above equation such that*
\((v,v_{t})\in C(0,T;\mathcal{H})\). *Then*
\(v\in L^{4}(0,T;L^{12}(\mathbb {R}^{3}))\)
*and the following estimate holds*:

*where*
\(C_{T}\)
*may depend on*
*T*, *but it is independent of*
\(v_{0}\), \(v_{1}\), *and*
*G*.

### Lemma 3.4

*Given*
\(T>0\), *there is a compact set*
\(\mathfrak{C}_{T}\subset\mathcal {H}\)
*such that for any*
\(0\le t\le T\), *we have*

*where*
\(w=u-h-v\)
*and*
*h*, *v*
*solve* (3.2) *and* (3.3), *respectively*, *with the initial data*
\((u_{0},u_{1})\in\mathscr{B}_{0}\).

### Proof

Based on the finite speed of propagation property, observe that

Consequently, the difference \(w=u-h-v\) satisfies

According to the continuous dependence of the solution on the right-hand side for equation (3.5), it suffices to prove \(f(\cdot,u)\) and \(f(\cdot,v)\) belong to a compact subset of \(L^{1}(0,T;L^{2}(B_{0}(\delta+T+1)))\), which, in turn, would follow from

Combining with (2.1), Lemma 3.1, and Lemma 3.2, it follows that *u*, *v* are bounded both in \(L^{\infty}(0,T;H^{1}(\mathbb {R}^{3}))\) and \(H^{1}([0,T]\times\mathbb{R}^{3})\). Then *u*, *v* belong to a compact subset of \(C([0,T];L^{4}(B_{0}(\delta+T+1)))\) via the Aubin-Lions lemma [33]. On the other hand, according to (3.13), *u*, *v* are bounded in \(L^{4}(0,T,L^{12}(\mathbb{R}^{3}))\). Now as

(3.16) holds. The proof is completed. □

Lemmas 3.1, 3.2 and 3.4 show that the solution \((u(t),u_{t}(t))\) with initial data \((u(0),u_{t}(0))\in\mathcal{H}\) decomposes into the sum of a fixed point \((h,0)\) and a uniform decaying term \((v(t),v_{t}(t))\) and a term \((w(t),w_{t}(t))\) belonging to a compact set \(\mathfrak{C}\subset\mathcal{H}\). Therefore, we can derive the asymptotic compactness of the semigroup \(\{S(t)\}_{t\geq0} \) immediately. Combining with the existence of a bounded absorbing set stated in Lemma 2.1, the existence of a global attractor is obtained by the standard methods of the theory of attractors (see, *e.g.*, [7, 11, 34]). We state the result.

### Theorem 3.5

*Let*
\(g\in H^{-1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\)
*and*
\(f\in C^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{4})\)
*satisfy* (1.2) *and* (1.3), \(\{S(t)\}_{t\geq0}\)
*be the semigroup generated by the solution of problem* (1.1) *in*
\(\mathcal{H}\). *Then*
\(\{S(t)\}_{t\geq0}\)
*possesses a global attractor*
\(\mathscr{A}\)
*in*
\(\mathcal{H}\), *which is compact and invariant and attracts the bounded sets of*
\(\mathcal{H}\).

## Translational regularity of global attractor

Due to the solution of the corresponding stationary equation of (1.1) \(-\Delta h+\lambda h+f(h)=g\) only belonging to \(H^{1}\), we cannot expect any higher regularity of the global attractor than \(\mathcal {H}\). In [23], we obtained the translational regularity of a global attractor for the bounded domain. For the unbounded domain in the present text, if we add some condition on *f* other than (1.2) and (1.3), we can also obtain the translational regularity of the global attractor.

Decompose the solution \(u(t)\) again which is similar to the bounded domain [23] as follows:

where *h* is a solution of equation (3.2), \(\tilde{v}(t)\) solves the linear problem

and the remainder \(\tilde{w}(t)\) satisfies

we denote \(S_{\tilde{w}}(t)(u_{0},u_{1})=(\tilde{w}(t),\tilde{w}_{t}(t))\).

Since equation (4.2) is linear, it is easy to check that \(\tilde {v}(t)\) is exponentially decaying. For the *w̃*-component, we have the following regularity lifting lemma.

### Lemma 4.1

*Let*
\(g\in H^{-1}(\mathbb{R}^{3})\)
*and*
\(f\in C^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{4})\)
*satisfy* (1.2), (1.3), *and* (1.4). *Assume that*
\(\sup_{t\ge0}\|(u(t)-h,u_{t}(t))\|_{\mathcal{H}^{\sigma}}\)
*and*
\(\sup_{t\ge0}\| f(x,u)-f(x,h)\|_{L^{1}(t,t+1;H^{\sigma})}\)
*are both finite for some*
\(0\le\sigma\le\frac{1}{3}\). *Then*
\(\{(\tilde{w}(t),\tilde {w}_{t}(t))\}_{t\ge0}\)
*is bounded in*
\(\mathcal{H}^{\rho(\sigma)}\)
*and*

*is finite*, *with*

For the proof of Lemma 4.1, one of the key points is the following estimate:

which is according to the growth restriction (1.2). Combining with (2.1) we have \(f(x,u)\in L^{\infty}(0,\infty;{W}^{1,\frac {6}{5}})\), the same as \(f(x,h)\). The rest of the proof of Lemma 4.1 could be a repeat nearly word by word from our previous work [23], hence we omit it here.

Note that \(\mathscr{A}=\bigcap_{t\ge0}\overline{\bigcup_{s \ge t}S(s)\mathscr{B}_{0}}\). The decaying property of *ṽ* implies that \(\mathscr{A}\subset(h,0)+\bigcap_{t\ge0}\overline{\bigcup_{s \ge t}S_{\tilde{w}}(s)\mathscr{B}_{0}}\). Applying Lemma 4.1, we have the following translational regularity of the global attractor.

### Theorem 4.2

*Under the conditions of Lemma*
4.1, \(\mathscr{A}-(h,0)\)
*is bounded in*
\(\mathcal{H}^{\frac{1}{3}}\), *where*
*h*
*is a solution of the stationary equation* (3.2).

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This work was supported by Natural Science Fund For Colleges and Universities in Jiangsu Province (15KJB110005), TianYuan Special Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Foundation of Jiangsu University of Technology (KYY14045).

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Meng, F., Liu, C. Remark on global attractor for damped wave equation on \(\mathbb{R}^{3}\)
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### Keywords

- global attractor
- damped wave equation
- unbounded domain
- lower regularity
- translational regularity