This paper concerns the initial-boundary value problem of the Kawahara equation posed on the right and left half-lines. We prove the local well-posedness in the low regularity Sobolev space. We introduce the Duhamel boundary forcing operator, which is introduced by Colliander and Kenig (Commun Partial Differ Equ 27:2187–2266, 2002) in the context of Airy group operators, to construct solutions on the whole line. We also give the bilinear estimate in Xs,b space for b<12, which is almost sharp compared to IVP of Kawahara equation (Chen et al. in J Anal Math 107:221–238, 2009; Jia and Huo in J Differ Equ 246:2448–2467, 2009).
- Initial-boundary value problem
- Kawahara equation
- Local well-posedness