Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

R. Rossi - G. Savaré

Abstract Action Spaces and their topological and dynamic properties

created by rossi on 06 Nov 2023



Inserted: 6 nov 2023

Year: 2023

ArXiv: 2311.01841 PDF


We introduce the concept of action space, a set $\boldsymbol{X}$ endowed with an action cost $\mathsf{a}:(0,+\infty)\times \boldsymbol{X}\times \boldsymbol{X}\to [0,+\infty)$ satisfying suitable axioms, which turn out to provide a `dynamic' generalization of the classical notion of metric space. Action costs naturally arise as dissipation terms featuring in the Minimizing Movement scheme for gradient flows, which can then be settled in general action spaces. As in the case of metric spaces, we will show that action costs induce an intrinsic topological and metric structure on $\boldsymbol{X}$. Moreover, we introduce the related action functional on paths in $\boldsymbol{X}$, investigate the properties of curves of finite action, and discuss their absolute continuity. Finally, under a condition akin to the approximate mid-point property for metric spaces, we provide a dynamic interpretation of action costs.