Inserted: 21 jun 2019
Last Updated: 8 apr 2020
Journal: Adv. Calc. Var.
We introduce a notion of connected perimeter for planar sets defined as the lower semicontinuous envelope of perimeters of approximating sets which are measure-theoretically connected. A companion notion of simply connected perimeter is also studied.
We prove a representation formula which links the connected perimeter, the classical perimeter, and the length of suitable Steiner trees. We also discuss the application of this notion to the existence of solutions to a nonlocal minimization problem.