Inserted: 9 jul 2012
Last Updated: 15 nov 2013
Journal: SIAM Journal Math. Anal.
We introduce a notion of solution for the 1-harmonic flow --i.e., the formal gradient flow of the total variation functional with respect to the $L^2$-distance-- from a domain of $\mathbb R^m$ into a geodesically convex subset of an $N$-sphere. For such notion, under homogeneous Neumann boundary conditions, we prove both existence and uniqueness of solutions when the target space is a semicircle, and the existence of solutions when the target space is a circle and the initial datum has no jumps of an ``angle'' larger than $\pi$. Earlier results in J.W. Barrett, X. Feng and A. Prohl, SIAM J. math. Anal. 40, 1471-1498 and in X. Feng, Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations 37, 111-139 are also discussed.
Keywords: harmonic maps, Total variation flow, Nonlinear parabolic equations.