Nebraska Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit


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2015 M. Rammaha, H. Takamura, H. Uesaka, and K. Wakasa


Differential and Integral Equations Volume 29, Numbers 1-2 (2016), 1{18


This paper is concerned with the Cauchy problem for the semilinear wave equation:

utt - u = F(u) in Rn X [0;1);

where the space dimension n >2, F(u) = jujp or F(u) = up-1u with p>1. Here, the Cauchy data are non-zero and non-compactly supported. Our results on the blow-up of positive radial solutions (not necessarily radial in low dimensions n=2,3) generalize and extend the results of Takamura [19] for zero initial position and Takamura, Uesaka and Wakasa [21] for zero intitial velocity. The main technical difficulty in the paper lies in obtaining the lower bounds for for the free solution when both initial position and initial velocity are non-identically zero in even space dimensions.