The purpose of this article is to expose and further develop a simple yet surprisingly far-reaching framework for generating monotone quantities for positive solutions to linear heat equations in euclidean space. This framework is intimately connected to the existence of a rich variety of algebraic closure properties of families of sub/super-solutions, and more generally solutions of systems of differential inequalities capturing log-convexity properties such as the Li-Yau gradient estimate. Various applications are discussed, including connections with the general Brascamp-Lieb inequality and the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck semigroup.
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Journal fuer die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik: Crelle's journal|
|Early online date||8 Jun 2017|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2019|