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149730 https://hdl.handle.net/2286/R.I.9026 http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/ All Rights Reserved 2011 viii, 108 p. : ill Doctoral Dissertation Academic theses Text eng Guevara, Cristi Darley Roudenko, Svetlana Castillo_Chavez, Carlos Jones, Donald Mahalov, Alex Suslov, Sergei Arizona State University Partial requirement for: Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2011 Includes bibliographical references (p. 101-108) Field of study: Mathematics Nonlinear dispersive equations model nonlinear waves in a wide range of physical and mathematics contexts. They reinforce or dissipate effects of linear dispersion and nonlinear interactions, and thus, may be of a focusing or defocusing nature. The nonlinear Schrödinger equation or NLS is an example of such equations. It appears as a model in hydrodynamics, nonlinear optics, quantum condensates, heat pulses in solids and various other nonlinear instability phenomena. In mathematics, one of the interests is to look at the wave interaction: waves propagation with different speeds and/or different directions produces either small perturbations comparable with linear behavior, or creates solitary waves, or even leads to singular solutions. This dissertation studies the global behavior of finite energy solutions to the \$d\$-dimensional focusing NLS equation, \$i partial _t u+Delta u+ |u|^{p-1}u=0, \$ with initial data \$u_0in H^1,; x in Rn\$; the nonlinearity power \$p\$ and the dimension \$d\$ are chosen so that the scaling index \$s=frac{d}{2}-frac{2}{p-1}\$ is between 0 and 1, thus, the NLS is mass-supercritical \$(s>0)\$ and energy-subcritical \$(s<1).\$ For solutions with \$ME[u_0]<1\$ (\$ME[u_0]\$ stands for an invariant and conserved quantity in terms of the mass and energy of \$u_0\$), a sharp threshold for scattering and blowup is given. Namely, if the renormalized gradient \$g_u\$ of a solution \$u\$ to NLS is initially less than 1, i.e., \$g_u(0)<1,\$ then the solution exists globally in time and scatters in \$H^1\$ (approaches some linear Schr"odinger evolution as \$ttopminfty\$); if the renormalized gradient \$g_u(0)>1,\$ then the solution exhibits a blowup behavior, that is, either a finite time blowup occurs, or there is a divergence of \$H^1\$ norm in infinite time. This work generalizes the results for the 3d cubic NLS obtained in a series of papers by Holmer-Roudenko and Duyckaerts-Holmer-Roudenko with the key ingredients, the concentration compactness and localized variance, developed in the context of the energy-critical NLS and Nonlinear Wave equations by Kenig and Merle. One of the difficulties is fractional powers of nonlinearities which are overcome by considering Besov-Strichartz estimates and various fractional differentiation rules. Mathematics Blowup Concentration Compactness Divergence Profile decomposition Scattering Schrödinger Schrödinger equation Gross-Pitaevskii equations Global behavior of finite energy solutions to the focusing nonlinear Schrödinger Equation in d dimension