Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

G. P. Leonardi - G. E. Comi

The prescribed mean curvature measure equation in non-parametric form

created by leonardi on 22 Feb 2023
modified by comi on 23 Aug 2023



Inserted: 22 feb 2023
Last Updated: 23 aug 2023

Year: 2023

ArXiv: 2302.10592 PDF


We introduce a weak formulation of the non-parametric prescribed mean curvature equation with measure data, and show existence and several properties of $BV$ solutions under natural assumptions on the prescribed measure. Our approach does not rely on approximate or viscosity-type solutions, and requires the combination of various ingredients, including Anzellotti's pairing theory for divergence-measure fields and its recent developments, a refinement of Anzellotti-Giaquinta approximation, and convex duality theory. We also prove a Gamma-convergence result valid for suitable smooth approximations of the prescribed measure, and a maximum principle for continuous weak solutions. We finally construct some examples of non-uniqueness, showing at the same time the need for the continuity assumption in the maximum principle, as well as an unexpected feature of weak solutions.