On the Domain of Analyticity for Solutions of Second Order Analytic Nonlinear Differential Equations Academic Article uri icon


  • The radius of analyticity of periodic analytic functions can be characterized by the decay of their Fourier coefficients. This observation has led to the use of so-called Gevrey norms as a simple way of estimating the time evolution of the spatial radius of analyticity of solutions to parabolic as well as non-parabolic partial differential equations. In this paper we demonstrate, using a simple, explicitly solvable model equation, that estimates on the radius of analyticity obtained by the usual Gevrey class approach do not scale optimally across a family of solutions, nor do they scale optimally as a function of the physical parameters of the equation. We attribute the observed lack of sharpness to a specific embedding inequality, and give a modified definition of the Gevrey norms which is shown to finally yield a sharp estimate on the radius of analyticity. © 2001 Academic Press.

author list (cited authors)

  • Oliver, M., & Titi, E. S.

citation count

  • 27

publication date

  • July 2001