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G. Canevari - G. Orlandi

Improved partial regularity for manifold-constrained minimisers of subquadratic energies

created by orlandi on 19 Dec 2018
modified by canevari on 29 Jan 2021

[BibTeX]

Accepted Paper

Inserted: 19 dec 2018
Last Updated: 29 jan 2021

Journal: Communications in Mathematical Physics
Volume: 374
Number: 2020
Pages: 1483–1495
Year: 2020
Doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00220-019-03675-2

ArXiv: 1810.12025 PDF

Abstract:

We consider minimising $p$-harmonic maps from three-dimensional domains to the real projective plane, for $1<p<2$. These maps arise as least-energy configurations in variational models for nematic liquid crystals. We show that the singular set of such a map decomposes into a $1$-dimensional set, which can be physically interpreted as a non-orientable line defect, and a locally finite set, i.e. a collection of point defects.

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