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P. Dondl - S. Wojtowytsch

Uniform Regularity and Convergence of Phase-Fields for Willmore's Energy

created by wojtowytsch on 28 Oct 2016
modified on 13 Sep 2018

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Inserted: 28 oct 2016
Last Updated: 13 sep 2018

Year: 2015

ArXiv: 1512.08641 PDF
Links: ArXiv preprint

Abstract:

We investigate the convergence of phase fields for the Willmore problem away from the support of a limiting measure $\mu$. For this purpose, we introduce a suitable notion of essentially uniform convergence. This mode of convergence is a natural generalisation of uniform convergence that precisely describes the convergence of phase fields in three dimensions. More in detail, we show that, in three space dimensions, points close to which the phase fields stay bounded away from a pure phase lie either in the support of the limiting mass measure $\mu$ or contribute a positive amount to the limiting Willmore energy. Thus there can only be finitely many such points. As an application, we investigate the Hausdorff limit of level sets of sequences of phase fields with bounded energy. We also obtain results on boundedness and $L^p$-convergence of phase fields and convergence from outside the interval between the wells of a double-well potential. For minimisers of suitable energy functionals, we deduce uniform convergence of the phase fields from essentially uniform convergence.

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