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ERC Workshop on Geometric Partial Differential Equations

Variational Methods for Crystal Surface Instability

speaker: Irene Fonseca (Department of Mathematical Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University)

abstract: Using the calculus of variations it is shown that important qualitative features of the equilibrium shape of a material void in a linearly elastic solid may be deduced from smoothness and convexity properties of the interfacial energy.

In addition, short time existence, uniqueness, and regularity for an anisotropic surface diffusion evolution equation with curvature regularization are proved in the context of epitaxially strained two-dimensional films. This is achieved by using the $H{-1}$-gradient flow structure of the evolution law, via De Giorgi's minimizing movements. This seems to be the first short time existence result for a surface diffusion type geometric evolution equation in the presence of elasticity.

Thu 13 Sep, 12:15 - 13:00, Aula Magna Dipartimento di Matematica
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