Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

D. Mazzoleni - D. Zucco

Convex combinations of low eigenvalues, Fraenkel asymmetries and attainable sets

created by mazzoleni on 03 Dec 2015
modified by zucco on 11 Mar 2018


Published Paper

Inserted: 3 dec 2015
Last Updated: 11 mar 2018

Journal: ESAIM: COCV
Year: 2017
Doi: 10.1051/cocv/2016017


We consider the problem of minimizing convex combinations of the first two eigenvalues of the Dirichlet-Laplacian among open set of $R^N$ of fixed measure. We show that, by purely elementary arguments, based on the minimality condition, it is possible to obtain informations on the geometry of the minimizers of convex combinations: we study, in particular, when these minimizers are no longer convex, and the optimality of balls. As an application of our results we study the boundary of the attainable set for the Dirichlet spectrum.

Our techniques involve symmetry results similar to those by Serrin, explicit constants in quantitative inequalities, as well as a purely geometrical problem: the minimization of the Fraenkel 2-asymmetry among convex sets of fixed measure.