Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

Nicholas Alikakos

Committee Members

Don Hinton, A. Freire, H. Simpson, S. Georghiou


Existence of steady state solutions for the Allen-Cahn and Cahn-Hilliard equations in two dimensional domains is discussed. We are in particular interested in establishing existence of single layered equilibria with the property that their transition layer intersects the boundary. In the case of the Allen-Cahn equation we consider bone-like domains and seek solutions intersecting the flat part of the boundary. We establish conditions for the domain which ensure existence of such equilibria. Their stability is also analyzed. For the Cahn-Hilliard equations we show that there exist equilibria near every point of a local maximum of the curvature of the boundary.

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