Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

A. Bjorn - J. Bjorn - N. Shanmugalingam

Classification of metric measure spaces and their ends using $p$-harmonic functions

created by shanmugal on 25 Jun 2021


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Inserted: 25 jun 2021
Last Updated: 25 jun 2021

Year: 2021


By seeing whether a Liouville type theorem holds for positive, bounded, andor finite energy $p$-harmonic and $p$-quasiharmonic functions, we classify proper metric spaces equipped with a locally doubling measure supporting a local $p$-Poincar\'e inequality. Similar classifications have earlier been obtained for Riemann surfaces and Riemannian manifolds. We also study the inclusions between these classes of metric measure spaces, and their relationship to the $p$-hyperbolicity of the metric space and its ends. In particular, we characterize spaces that carry nonconstant $p$-harmonic functions with finite energy as spaces having at least two well-separated $p$-hyperbolic sequences. We also show that every such space $X$ has a function $f \notin L^p(X) + \mathbb{R} $ with finite $p$-energy.