Communications in Mathematical Sciences

Volume 3 (2005)

Number 2

An Entropy Dissipation-Entropy Estimate for a Thin Film Type Equation

Pages: 171 – 178



E. A. Carlen

S. Ulusoy


We prove a lower bound on the rate of realaxation to equililbrium in the H1 norm for a thin film equation. We find a two stagerelaxation, with power law decay in an initial interval followed byexponential decay, at an essentially optimal rate, for large times. The waiting time until the expoential decay sets in is explicitly estimated.

Published 1 January 2005