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L. Giacomelli - J. M. Mazón - S. Moll

The 1-harmonic flow with values into $\mathbb S^{1}$

created by moll on 09 Jul 2012
modified by giacomelli on 04 Feb 2021


Published Paper

Inserted: 9 jul 2012
Last Updated: 4 feb 2021

Journal: SIAM Journal Math. Anal.
Volume: 45
Pages: 1723-1740
Year: 2013
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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.

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