a1 ENS Cachan, Antenne de Bretagne, Campus de Ker Lann, 35170, Bruz Cedex, France; Arnaud.Debussche@bretagne.ens-cachan.fr
a2 Dipartimento di Matematica, Politecnico di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy; firstname.lastname@example.org
a3 Dipartimento di Matematica e Applicazioni, Università di Milano-Bicocca, via R. Cozzi 53 - Edificio U5, 20125 Milano, Italy; email@example.com
We are concerned with the optimal control of a nonlinear stochastic heat equation on a bounded real interval with Neumann boundary conditions. The specificity here is that both the control and the noise act on the boundary. We start by reformulating the state equation as an infinite dimensional stochastic evolution equation. The first main result of the paper is the proof of existence and uniqueness of a mild solution for the corresponding Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation. The C 1 regularity of such a solution is then used to construct the optimal feedback for the control problem. In order to overcome the difficulties arising from the degeneracy of the second order operator and from the presence of unbounded terms we study the HJB equation by introducing a suitable forward-backward system of stochastic differential equations as in the appraoch proposed in [Fuhrman and Tessitore, Ann. Probab. 30 (2002) 1397-1465; Pardoux and Peng, Lect. Notes Control Inf. Sci. 176 (1992) 200-217] for finite dimensional and infinite dimensional semilinear parabolic equations respectively.
(Received October 26 2004)
(Revised December 7 2005)
(Online publication February 14 2007)
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