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Title: Uniqueness and Stability for the Shock Reflection-Diffraction Problem for Potential Flow
When a plane shock hits a two-dimensional wedge head on, it experiences a reflection-diffraction process, and then a self-similar reflected shock moves outward as the original shock moves forward in time. The experimental, computational, and asymptotic analysis has indicated that various patterns occur, including regular reflection and Mach reflection. The von Neumann's conjectures on the transition from regular to Mach reflection involve the existence, uniqueness, and stability of regular shock reflection-diffraction configurations, generated by concave cornered wedges for compressible flow. In this paper, we discuss some recent developments in the study of the von Neumann's conjectures. More specifically, we discuss the uniqueness and stability of regular shock reflection-diffraction configurations governed by the potential flow equation in an appropriate class of solutions. We first show that the transonic shocks in the global solutions obtained in Chen-Feldman [19] are convex. Then we establish the uniqueness of global shock reflection-diffraction configurations with convex transonic shocks for any wedge angle larger than the detachment angle or the critical angle. Moreover, the solution under consideration is stable with respect to the wedge angle. Our approach also provides an alternative way of proving the existence of the admissible solutions established first in [19].
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Proceedings of the XVII international conference on hyperbolic problems: Theory, numerics, applications
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