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Young Women in Harmonic Analysis and PDE

December 2-4, 2016

Judith Campos Cordero (University of Augsburg)

Regularity up to the boundary and sufficient conditions for strong local minimality

The question of finding suitable conditions to guarantee that a given map minimizes a functional is a fundamental problem in the Calculus of Variations. It was first solved by Weierstrass in the scalar case and, after developments from Hestenes [5], Taheri [9], Zhang [10], Kristensen & Taheri [8], etc., Grabovsky & Mengesha [7] finally solved the problem for the vectorial case. Their result is framed under the natural quasiconvexity assumptions. It establishes that $C^1$-extremals at which the second variation is strictly positive are, in fact, strong local minimizers. This settled affirmatively a conjecture by Ball [1], according to which a set of sufficient conditions should be based on the notion of quasiconvexity. In this work we present a new proof of the seminal result by Grabovsky & Mengesha. Furthermore, we introduce a full regularity result (up to the boundary), which aims at relaxing the a priori regularity assumption on the extremal. This is in deep connection with further recent results regarding partial boundary regularity for strong local minimizers [3].


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