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Convex-monotone functions and generalized solution of parabolic Monge–Ampère equation. (English) Zbl 1014.35042
The authors extend and improve their previous results [J. Partial Differ. Equations 14, 149-162 (2001; Zbl 0990.35034)] on the existence of generalized solutions of the first initial-boundary value problem for the parabolic Monge-Ampère equation \[ \begin{aligned} -u_t \det D^2u & = f(x,t) \quad\text{in}\quad Q=\Omega\times(0,T],\\ u & = \varphi(x,t) \quad\text{on}\quad\partial_p Q.\end{aligned}\tag{*} \] The paper contains two main results. The first is the Hölder continuity in \(t\) of \(u\) if \(\varphi(t,x_0)\) is Hölder continuous in \(t\) for each \(x_0\in \partial\Omega\). The second is a geometric characterization of the convex-monotone solution \(U\) of (*) with \(f\equiv 0\) as follows: \[ U(x,t) = \sup \{ l(x): l \text{ is affine and } l(x)\leq\varphi(x,0) \text{ in }\Omega, \] \[ l(x) \leq \varphi(x,t) \text{ on } \partial\Omega \}, \qquad (x,t)\in \bar Q. \] Using these results the authors establish the existence of generalized solutions of (*) under somewhat weaker assumptions than required in previous work.
Reviewer: John Urbas (Bonn)

35K55 Nonlinear parabolic equations
35D05 Existence of generalized solutions of PDE (MSC2000)
35D10 Regularity of generalized solutions of PDE (MSC2000)
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