In recent years, there has been great interest in the nonlinearly dispersive equations for model breaking waves. The first widely studied equation of this kind is Camassa-Holm (CH) equation  .
for . This equation arises from shallow water waves theory   and provides a wave breaking model for a large class of solutions in which the wave slope blows up in a finite time while the wave amplitude remains bounded     . A special class of weak solutions of the equation describes the solitary waves at the peaked, called peakons    , whose wave slope is discontinuous at the wave peak. More noteworthy, the CH equation is an integrable system    , possessing a Lax pair, a bi-Hamiltonian structure, and an infinite hierarchy of symmetries and conservation laws.
An interesting nonlinear generalization of the CH equation (gCH)
was discussed in  . When , then Equation (2) is the classical CH Equation (1).
Similar to the CH equation, the gCH Equation (2) is also the form of conservation law
is conserved (under the appropriately asymptotic decay condition on u). The other conservation integral is given by the Hamiltonian
This integral leads to the conservation law
and . The complete classification of gCH Equation (2) conservation laws has been given  .
Without loss of generality, let , then Equation (2) becomes
Equation (9) has the peakon solution
As Constantin and Strauss said in  , the peakons are solitons and therefore their sizes and velocities do not change as a result of collision, so that it is reasonable to expect that they are stable. Because a small perturbation of a solitary wave can yield another one with a different speed and phase shift, the appropriate notion of stability is orbital stability. That is, a wave starting close to a solitary wave remains close to some translate of it at all later times. Thus the shape of the wave remains approximately the same for all times. The peakons were proved to be orbitally stable by Constantin and Strauss in  . The approach in  was extended to prove the orbital stability of the peakons for the other nonlinear wave equations  -  . The method of proved orbital stable of peakons was also extended to periodic peakons      . In  , Anco and Recio obtained an interesting generalization of the Camassa-Holm and FORQ/modified Camassa-Holm equations by deriving the most general subfamily of peakon equations that possess the Hamiltonian structure shared by the Camassa-Holm and FORQ/modified Camassa-Holm equations. They showed that Equation (2) admits peakons. As a special case of Equation (2), Equation (9) is a generalized CH equation with cubic nonlinearity. To the best of our knowledge, the orbital stability of peakons of Equation (9) is not considered. In this paper, we will prove the orbital stability of peakons of the gCH Equation (9).
Theorem 1 For every , there is a such that if is a solution to (9) with
for , where is any point where the function attains its maximum.
The remaining part is organized as follows. In Section 2, we analyze the peakon solutions of the gCH equation by using dynamical system method. In Section 3, the orbital stability of peakon is proved. A short conclusion is given in Section 4.
2. Peakon Solutions of the gCH Equation
In this section, we convert Equation (9) into a planar dynamical system. By substituting with into Equation (9), then it follows that
where is the derivative with respect to . Integrating Equation (13) once we obtain
where g is the integral constant. Letting , then we obtain the following planar dynamical system
with first integral
As , we have the following planar system
with first integral
On the singular line , system (17) is discontinuous. To avoid the line temporarily we make transformation . Under this transformation, system (17) becomes
System (17) and (19) have the same first integral as (18). Consequently, system (19) has the same topological phase portraits as system (17) except for the singular line . Obviously, is an invariant straight-line solution for system (19). When , there are three equilibrium points and of system (19). In addition, there are four equilibrium points and on the straight line .
Let be the coefficient matrix of the linearized system (19) at equilibrium point and define . Then , and . By the theory of planar dynamical systems, we know that for an equilibrium point of a planar integrable system, if then the equilibrium point is a saddle point; if then it is a center point; if and the Poincaré index of the equilibrium point is 0 then is a cusp, otherwise, it is a high order equilibrium point. Therefore, O and are five saddle points and are two center points. Phase portrait of the system (17) is shown in Figure 1(a). Note that the algebraic curves defined by consists of two heteroclinic cycles (see Figure 1(b)), the two heteroclinic cycles correspond to two peakons.
The algebraic curve defined by gives
By using the first equation of system (17) to do the integration, we obtain the peakon solutions with exponential function form
The profiles of peakons are shown in Figure 2.
Definition 1 Given initial data , the function is said to be a weak solution to (9) if it satisfies the following identity:
Figure 1. (Color online.) Phase portrait and algebraic curve. (a) Phase portrait of the system (17); (b) The algebraic curve defined by .
Figure 2. (Color online.) The profile of peakon for .
for any smooth test function . If u is a weak solution on for every , then it is called a global weak solution.
Theorem 2  The peaked functions of the form
is a global weak solution to (9), in the sense of Definition 1.
3. Proof of Stability
Note that a small change in the shape of a peakon can yield another one with a different speed. The appropriate notion of stability is, therefore, that of orbital stability: a wave with an initial profile close to a peakon remains close to some translate of it for all later times. That is, the shape of the wave remains approximately the same for all times.
Equation (9) has the conservation laws
For the convenience of calculation, we take , then . Using (24), we obtain
We next consider the expansion of the conservation law around the peakon in the -norm.
Lemma 1 For every and ,
Proof. we calculate
Therefore, we have
This proves the lemma.
Lemma 2 For every , let . Then
Proof. Let be such that and define
This thus completes the proof of Lemma 2.
Lemma 3 For every , if , then
Proof. Identity (33) shows that for all ,
Equality holds if and only if v is proportional to a translate of . Note that
Hence, we end the proof of the lemma.
Lemma 4 For every , let . If
for some , then
Proof. In view of (31) in Lemma 2, the following inequality holds:
Define the polynomial P by
Using (25), takes the form
We calculate from (43) and (44) that
Note that, since is near 2 and is near 1,
which along with (42), (44) and (45) yields
By (46) and the relation
Hence, we end the proof of Lemma 4.
Proof of the Theorem 1 Since , are both conserved by the Equation (9), we have
We apply Lemma 3 to and to . By the hypotheses of Lemma 4 are satisfied for . Hence
Combining (26) with Lemma 1, we find
Based on the (49), for any , we can take a such that . Therefore, we end the proof of 1.
In this paper, we investigate the orbital stability of the peakons for a generalized Camassa-Holm equation (gCH) with cubic nonlinearity. Using variable transformation, a planar dynamical system is obtained from the gCH equation. It is shown that the planar system has two heteroclinic cycles which correspond to two peakon solutions. We then prove that the peakons for the gCH equation are orbitally stable by using the method of Constantin and Strauss. The classical Camassa-Holm type equation models breaking waves, i.e. the solution, remain bounded while its slope becomes unbounded in finite time. In this paper, we do not investigate the breaking waves. We will study wave breaking for the gCH equation in the future.
This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 11671107), Guangxi Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 2015GXN SFGA139004) and Program for Innovation Project of GUET Graduate Education (No. 2019YCXS080).