Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

M. Petrache - S. Serfaty

Next-order asymptotics and renormalized energy for Riesz interactions

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Inserted: 2 oct 2014
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Year: 2014


We study systems of $n$ points in the Euclidean space of dimension $d \ge 1$ interacting via a Riesz kernel $
^{-s}$ and confined by an external potential, in the regime where $d-2\le s<d$. We also treat the case of logarithmic interactions in dimensions $1$ and $2$. Our study includes and retrieves all previously studied cases \cite{ss2d,ss1d,rs}. Our approach is based on the Caffarelli-Silvestre extension method which allows to view the Riesz kernel as the kernel of an (inhomogeneous) local operator in the extended space $\R^{d+1}$. As $n \to \infty$, we exhibit a next to leading order term in $n^{1+s/d}$ in the asymptotic expansion of the total energy of the system, where the constant term in factor of $n^{1+s/d}$ depends on the microscopic arrangement of the points and is expressed in terms of a ``renormalized energy." This new quantity, the renormalized energy, is expected to penalize the disorder of an infinite set of points in whole space, and to be minimized by Bravais lattice (or crystalline) configurations. We give applications to the statistical mechanics in the case where temperature is added to the system, and identify an expected ``crystallization regime." We also obtain a result of separation of the points for minimizers of the energy.