Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

G. Alberti - D. Bate - A. Marchese

On the closability of differential operators

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Inserted: 6 jul 2023
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Year: 2023


We discuss the closability of directional derivative operators with respect to a general Radon measure $\mu$ on $\mathbb{R}^d$; our main theorem completely characterizes the vectorfields for which the corresponding operator is closable from the space of Lipschitz functions $\rm{Lip}(\mathbb{R}^d)$ to $L^p(\mu)$, for $1\leq p\leq\infty$. We also consider certain classes of multilinear differential operators.

We then discuss the closability of the same operators from $L^q(\mu)$ to $L^p(\mu)$; we give necessary conditions and sufficient conditions for closability, but we do not have an exact characterization. As a corollary we obtain that classical differential operators such as gradient, divergence and jacobian determinant are closable from $L^q(\mu)$ to $L^p(\mu)$ only if $\mu$ is absolutely continuous with respect to the Lebesgue measure.

Lastly, we rephrase our results on multilinear operators in terms of metric currents.