Global existence and uniqueness of measure valued solutions to a vlasov-type equation with local alignment

Yu Gao, Xiaoping Xue

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We use a particle method to study a Vlasov-type equation with local alignment, which was proposed by Sebastien Motsch and Eitan Tadmor [J. Statist. Phys., 141(2011), pp. 923-947]. For N-particle system, we study the unconditional flocking behavior for a weighted Motsch-Tadmor model and a model with a “tail”. When N goes to infinity, global existence and stability (hence uniqueness) of measure valued solutions to the kinetic equation of this model are obtained. We also prove that measure valued solutions converge to a flock. The main tool we use in this paper is Monge-Kantorovich-Rubinstein distance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7640-7662
Number of pages23
JournalMathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Flocking
  • Monge-Kantorovich-Rubinstein distance
  • Particle method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Engineering(all)

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