Inserted: 14 feb 2013
Last Updated: 14 feb 2013
Journal: American Journal of Mathematics
We consider some elliptic pde's with Dirichlet and Neumann data prescribed on some portion of the boundary of the domain and we obtain rigidity results that give a classication of the solution and of the domain. In particular, we find mild conditions under which a partially overdetermined problem is, in fact, globally overdetermined: this enables us to use several classical results in order to classify all the domains that admit a solution of suitable, general, partially overdetermined problems. These results may be seen as solutions of suitable inverse problems - that is to say, given that an overdetermined system possesses a solution, we find the shape of the admissible domains. Models of this type arise in several areas of mathematical physics and shape optimization.