*preprint*

**Inserted:** 21 aug 2020

**Last Updated:** 21 aug 2020

**Year:** 2020

**Abstract:**

In this note two results are established for energy functionals that are given by the integral of $ W(\mathbf x,\nabla \mathbf u(\mathbf x))$ over $\Omega \subset\mathbb{R}^n$ with $\nabla \mathbf u \in BMO(\Omega;{\mathbb R}^{N\times n})$, the space of functions of Bounded Mean Oscillation of John & Nirenberg. A version of Taylor's theorem is first shown to be valid provided the integrand $W$ has polynomial growth. This result is then used to demonstrate that, for the Dirichlet, Neumann, and mixed problems, every Lipschitz-continuous solution of the corresponding Euler-Lagrange equations at which the second variation of the energy is uniformly positive is a strict local minimizer of the energy in $W^{1,BMO}(\Omega;\mathbb{R}^N)$, the subspace of the Sobolev space $W^{1,1}(\Omega;\mathbb{R}^N)$ for which the weak derivative $\nabla\mathbf u \in BMO(\Omega;{\mathbb R}^{N\times n})$.