Long Time Dynamics of Forced Critical SQG

Peter Constantin, Andrei Tarfulea, Vlad Vicol

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We prove the existence of a compact global attractor for the dynamics of the forced critical surface quasi-geostrophic equation (SQG) and prove that it has finite fractal (box-counting) dimension. In order to do so we give a new proof of global regularity for critical SQG. The main ingredient is the nonlinear maximum principle in the form of a nonlinear lower bound on the fractional Laplacian, which is used to bootstrap the regularity directly from L to Cα, without the use of De Giorgi techniques. We prove that for large time, the norm of the solution measured in a sufficiently strong topology becomes bounded with bounds that depend solely on norms of the force, which is assumed to belong merely to L ∩ H1. Using the fact that the solution is bounded independently of the initial data after a transient time, in spaces conferring enough regularity, we prove the existence of a compact absorbing set for the dynamics in H1, obtain the compactness of the linearization and the continuous differentiability of the solution map. We then prove exponential decay of high yet finite dimensional volume elements in H1 along solution trajectories, and use this property to bound the dimension of the global attractor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-141
Number of pages49
JournalCommunications In Mathematical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics


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