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Publications [#243873] of Jonathan C. Mattingly
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 with Hairer, M; Mattingly, JC, A theory of hypoellipticity and unique ergodicity for semilinear stochastic PDEs,
Electronic Journal of Probability, vol. 16 no. 23
(2011),
pp. 658738, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, ISSN 10836489 [arXiv:0808.1361], [repository], [doi]
(last updated on 2019/04/26)
Abstract: We present a theory of hypoellipticity and unique ergodicity for semilinear parabolic stochastic PDEs with "polynomial" nonlinearities and additive noise, considered as abstract evolution equations in some Hilbert space. It is shown that if Hörmander's bracket condition holds at every point of this Hilbert space, then a lower bound on the Malliavin covariance operatorμt can be obtained. Informally, this bound can be read as "Fix any finitedimensional projection on a subspace of sufficiently regular functions. Then the eigenfunctions of μt with small eigenvalues have only a very small component in the image of Π." We also show how to use a priori bounds on the solutions to the equation to obtain good control on the dependency of the bounds on the Malliavin matrix on the initial condition. These bounds are sufficient in many cases to obtain the asymptotic strong Feller property introduced in [HM06]. One of the main novel technical tools is an almost sure bound from below on the size of "Wiener polynomials," where the coefficients are possibly nonadapted stochastic processes satisfying a Lips chitz condition. By exploiting the polynomial structure of the equations, this result can be used to replace Norris' lemma, which is unavailable in the present context. We conclude by showing that the twodimensional stochastic NavierStokes equations and a large class of reactiondiffusion equations fit the framework of our theory.


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