Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

M. Colombo - A. De Rosa - A. Marchese

Stability for the mailing problem

created by derosa on 17 Jan 2018
modified on 11 Jan 2022


Published Paper

Inserted: 17 jan 2018
Last Updated: 11 jan 2022

Journal: J. Math. Pures Appl.
Year: 2019


We prove that optimal traffic plans for the mailing problem in $\mathbb R^d$ are stable with respect to variations of the given coupling, above the critical exponent $\alpha=1-1/d$, thus solving an open problem stated in the book ''Optimal transportation networks'', by Bernot, Caselles and Morel. We apply our novel result to study some regularity properties of the minimizers of the mailing problem. In particular, we show that only finitely many connected components of an optimal traffic plan meet together at any branching point.

Keywords: regularity, stability, transportation network, irrigation problem, branched transportation, Mailing problem, Traffic plan