Geometry of quasiminimal phase transitions

Farina, Alberto; Valdinoci, Enrico
September 2008
Calculus of Variations & Partial Differential Equations;Sep2008, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
We consider the quasiminima of the energy functional where $$A(x, \nabla u) \sim |\nabla u|^p$$ and F is a double-well potential. We show that the Lipschitz quasiminima, which satisfy an equipartition of energy condition, possess density estimates of Caffarelli�Cordoba-type, that is, roughly speaking, the complement of their interfaces occupies a positive density portion of balls of large radii. From this, it follows that the level sets of the rescaled quasiminima approach locally uniformly hypersurfaces of quasiminimal perimeter. If the quasiminimum is also a solution of the associated PDE, the limit hypersurface is shown to have zero mean curvature and a quantitative viscosity bound on the mean curvature of the level sets is given. In such a case, some Harnack-type inequalities for level sets are obtained and then, if the limit surface if flat, so are the level sets of the solution.


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