The two-sided stefan problem with a spatially dependent latent heat

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We prove existence and uniqueness of solutions to a problem which generalizes the two-sided Stefan problem. The initial temperature distribution and variable latent heat may be given by positive measures rather than point functions, and the free boundaries which result are essentially arbitrary increasing functions which need not exhibit any degree of smoothness in general. Nevertheless, the solutions are “classical” in the sense that all derivatives and boundary values have the classical interpretation. We also study connections with the Skorohod embedding problem of probability theory and with a general class of optimal stopping problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-699
Number of pages31
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1991


  • Brownian motion
  • Free boundary problems
  • Optimal stopping
  • Parabolic potential theory
  • Skorohod embedding
  • Stefan problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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