On the Blowup of Multidimensional Semilinear Heat Equations

  • Stathis Filippas

    Institute for Mathematics and its Applications, University of Minnesota, United States
  • Wenxiong Liu

    School of Mathematics, University of Minnesota, United States


This work is concerned with positive, blowing-up solutions of the semilinear heat equation ut − ∆u = up in Rn. No symmetry assumptions are made. Working with the equation in similarity variables, we first prove a result suggested by center manifold theory. We then calculate the refined asymptotics for u in a backward space-time parabola near a blowup point, and we obtain some information about the local structure of the blowup set. Our results suggest that in space dimension n, among solutions that follow the center manifold, there are exactly n different blowup patterns.


On étudie les solutions positives explosant en temps fini de l’equation semilinéaire de la chaleur : ut − ∆u = up dans Rn. On ne suppose aucune hypothèse de symétrie. On calcule le comportement asymptotique de la solution au voisinage d’un point d’explosion et on obtient certaines informations sur l’ensemble des points d’explosion.

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Stathis Filippas, Wenxiong Liu, On the Blowup of Multidimensional Semilinear Heat Equations. Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Anal. Non Linéaire 10 (1993), no. 3, pp. 313–344

DOI 10.1016/S0294-1449(16)30215-3