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An Age and Spatially Structured Population Model for Proteus Mirabilis Swarm-Colony Development

Ph. Laurençot, Ch. Walker (2008)

Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena

Proteus mirabilis are bacteria that make strikingly regular spatial-temporal patterns on agar surfaces. In this paper we investigate a mathematical model that has been shown to display these structures when solved numerically. The model consists of an ordinary differential equation coupled with a partial differential equation involving a first-order hyperbolic aging term together with nonlinear degenerate diffusion. The system is shown to admit global weak solutions.

Convergence of a non-local eikonal equation to anisotropic mean curvature motion. Application to dislocations dynamics

Francesca Da Lio, N. Forcadel, Régis Monneau (2008)

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

We prove the convergence at a large scale of a non-local first order equation to an anisotropic mean curvature motion. The equation is an eikonal-type equation with a velocity depending in a non-local way on the solution itself, which arises in the theory of dislocation dynamics. We show that if an anisotropic mean curvature motion is approximated by equations of this type then it is always of variational type, whereas the converse is true only in dimension two.

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