We prove the existence of martingale solutions to stochastic thin-film equations in the physically relevant space dimension . Conceptually, we rely on a stochastic Faedo–Galerkin approach using tensor-product linear finite elements in space. Augmenting the physical energy on the approximate level by a curvature term weighted by positive powers of the spatial discretization parameter , we combine Itô’s formula with inverse estimates and appropriate stopping time arguments to derive stochastic counterparts of the energy and entropy estimates known from the deterministic setting. In the limit , we prove our strictly positive finite element solutions to converge towards nonnegative martingale solutions—making use of compactness arguments based on Jakubowski’s generalization of Skorokhod's theorem and subtle exhaustion arguments to identify third-order spatial derivatives in the flux terms.
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Stefan Metzger, Günther Grün, Existence of nonnegative solutions to stochastic thin-film equations in two space dimensions. Interfaces Free Bound. 24 (2022), no. 3, pp. 307–387DOI 10.4171/IFB/476