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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2012, Article ID 278542, 33 pages
Research Article

Exact Asymptotic Expansion of Singular Solutions for the ( )-D Protter Problem

1Faculty of Technology, Narvik University College, Lodve Langes Gate 2, 8505 Narvik, Norway
2Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics, University of Sofia, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

Received 29 March 2012; Accepted 24 June 2012

Academic Editor: Valery Covachev

Copyright © 2012 Lubomir Dechevski et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We study three-dimensional boundary value problems for the nonhomogeneous wave equation, which are analogues of the Darboux problems in . In contrast to the planar Darboux problem the three-dimensional version is not well posed, since its homogeneous adjoint problem has an infinite number of classical solutions. On the other hand, it is known that for smooth right-hand side functions there is a uniquely determined generalized solution that may have a strong power-type singularity at one boundary point. This singularity is isolated at the vertex of the characteristic light cone and does not propagate along the cone. The present paper describes asymptotic expansion of the generalized solutions in negative powers of the distance to this singular point. We derive necessary and sufficient conditions for existence of solutions with a fixed order of singularity and give a priori estimates for the singular solutions.