Questions about partial differential equations of elliptic type. Often used in combination with the top-level tag ap.analysis-of-pdes.

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Convergence of finite element method: counterexamples

There are many known results proving convergence of finite element method for elliptic problems under certain assumptions on underlying mesh [e.g., Braess,2007]. Which of these common assumptions are ...
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Explicit Eigenvalues of the Laplacian

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact manifold without boundary. Question: For which $(M,g)$ are the eigenvalues of the Laplace operator on functions explicitly known? An important example is the $n$-sphere ...
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Does a Riemannian manifold with bounded geometry admit an isometric proper embedding into Euclidean space with uniformly thick tubular neighborhood

Suppose $(M,g)$ is an open Riemannian manifold with bounded geometry, i.e., the injectivity radius is $\ge \epsilon>0$ and each iterated covariant derivative of curvature is bounded with respect to ...
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Green's operator of elliptic differential operator

Let $P:\Gamma(E)\rightarrow\Gamma(F)$ be an elliptic partial differential operator, with index $=0$ and closed image of codimension $=1$, between spaces $\Gamma(E)$ and $\Gamma(F)$ of smooth sections ...
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Does the Legendre-Hadamard condition imply a generalized Gårding inequality?

For simplicity, we restrict to constant coefficients. Let $A^{ij}_{ab} \in \mathbb{R}$, $1 \le i, j \le n$ and $1 \le a, b\le m$, satisfy the Legendre-Hadamard condition: $$ A^{ij}_{ab}\xi_i\xi_jv^av^...
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Reference Request: Elliptic differential operators in the Fréchet setting

Normally the theory of (elliptic) differential operators between vector bundles (or $\mathbb{R}^n$) is presented in the language of Sobolev spaces. I'm searching for a book (or something similar) ...
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What is the first eigenvalue of $p$-Laplacian on unit sphere $S^n$?

We know that the first eigenvalue of Laplacian on the Riemannian unit sphere $S^n$ is $n$, then what is the explicit expression for the first eigenvalue of $p$-Laplacian on $S^n$? The $p$-Laplacian ...
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How to define the square root of $1-\Delta $?

If $M$ is a Riemannian manifold with $\Delta $ its Laplacian, how can we define $(1-\Delta)^{1/2}$? The book I am reading says that $(1-\Delta)^{1/2}$ is an invertible first-order pseudo-differential ...
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$\int\limits_{\Omega}{uvdx}<\infty,\forall v\in H_0^1(\Omega)$ implies $u\in L^{6/5}(\Omega)$

I posted this question first in Math.StackExchange one week ago here, but I didn't get an answer or a helpful comment so I repost it here: Let $d=3$ and $\Omega\subset \mathbb R^d$ is a bounded ...
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Why should the map $-\Delta^{-1}$ be continuous?

I'm reading an article by Wei-Ming Ni about the existence of solutions for the elliptic problem $$\Delta u +|x|^\lambda |u|^\tau =0,$$ in the unit ball $\Omega$ in dimension $>2$. I'm looking for ...
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Failure of Fredholm property of elliptic PDE systems

Roughly speaking, a PDE operator satisfies the Fredholm property if its principal symbol is elliptic and the information provided on the boundary satisfies the Shapiro-Lopatinskii condition. What can ...
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Deformation of the covariant Laplacian

Let $M$ be a Riemann surface and $P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle (with compact structure group $G$). Fix a connection $A$ in $P$ and consider a nearby connection $B$, which is in Coulomb gauge ...
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elliptic regularity on manifolds

Hello! I'm reading the book of T. Aubin Some nonlinear problems in Riemannian geometry. In chapter 3 he introduces elliptic operators on manifolds, but then he gives regularity results for elliptic ...
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Yau's conjecture for positive Chern class

I heard in a conference that Yau's conjecture is open for positive Chern class. I read in an article that talked about some stability conditions necessary in this case. So I want to know if this ...
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Fredholm alternative result for general elliptic system?

Now I have known that Fredholm alternative result is valid for the strong elliptic system. But I'm not sure that is it still valid for the general elliptic system, in which the second-order heading ...
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Is there a maximum principle for stress in continuum mechanics?

I'm working with the equilibrium equations in linear elasticity, which I have not worked with in the past. My engineering colleagues seem to "know" that the maximum Von Mises stress occurs on the ...
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Sobolev space for Mixed Dirichlet - Neumann boundary condition

Consider the subset $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^N$ with boundary $\partial\Omega$ sufficiently regular and let $\Gamma\subset\partial\Omega$ be a $(N-1)$- dimensional submanifold of $\partial\Omega$. ...
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Mountain Pass theorem for minimization problems with constraints

Let $I[u]$ be a functional on a (possibly infinite dimensional) Hilbert space. Then, under some conditions, the Mountain Pass theorem guarantees the existence of a saddle point (see http://en....
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Properties of connection Laplacian on vector fields

Let $(M,g)$ be a simply-connected compact surface with boundary $\partial M$ and metric $g$. Let $N$ denote the outward unit normal on $\partial M$, $\nabla$ the Levi-Civita connection and $\Delta_g$ ...
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Moser iteration for elliptic systems

I heard that De Giorgi-Nash-Moser type regularity arguments fail for elliptic systems, but do not know where to start looking for more substantial information. Why does the regularity fail? Is there ...
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Betti number and harmonic forms

Dear Experts, On a compact, boundless, Riemannian manifold, the dimension of the space of harmonic k-forms is equal to the k-th Betti number. Is this correct (by Hodge theory)? For example, on the ...
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Moser regularity proof avoiding John-Nirenberg lemma

I heard a rumor that there exists a proof by Moser-style iteration of the $C^{0,\alpha}$-regularity for $W^{1,2}$-solutions $u$ to elliptic equations with measurable coefficients which does not rely ...
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Epsilon regularity for minimal surfaces in arbitrary Riemannian manifolds

For experts in the analysis of minimal surfaces I will state the question first; then I will follow up with details. Question: Does the $\varepsilon$-regularity theorem of Choi and Schoen (http://...
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Nash's paper on parabolic equations.

I am currently studying the paper "CONTINUITY OF SOLUTIONS OF PARABOLIC AND ELLIPTIC EQUATIONS" by John Nash (cf. American Journal of Mathematics, Vol. 80, 1958). The author there establishes some a ...
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Stability of the spectrum for perturbations of the boundary

Consider the Laplace operator on a smooth bounded open set with Dirichlet boundary conditions. I need some result of the following type: if one perturbs the boundary in a suitable sense to be ...
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Estimates on the Green function of an elliptic second order differential operator.

Let $D$ be a linear differential elliptic operator of second order with infinitely smooth coefficients acting on real valued functions on a compact manifold $M$. Let us assume that $D$ has no free ...
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Is this function Schwartz?

I already asked this question here on MSE, didn't get an answer, and I'm still stuck with it. Suppose I have a smooth function $\psi$ from $\mathbb{R}^n$ to $\mathbb{C}$, for which I know that $$ ...
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Regularity of Hodge Laplacian on bounded domains

I need a reference for the $W^{s,p}$ regularity of the Hodge boundary value problem on bounded domains. I need estimates $\lVert \omega \rVert_{W^{s+2,p}} \leq c \lVert f \rVert _{W^{s,p}}$, for $...
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Do there exist generalized conformal maps that preserve elliptic measure?

Let $D_1$ and $D_2$ be two bounded simply connected Jordan domains in $\mathbb{R}^2$. By Carathéodory's Theorem there exists a homeomorphism $f:\bar{D}_1 \to \bar{D}_2$ such that the restriction $f:...
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minimal surfaces in $S^n$

Thanks to Choi-Schoen theorem, we know that the space of embedded minimal surfaces into $S^3$ of fixed genus is compact. My question are simples: Can we remove the embeddness assumption? Can we ...
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How do solutions of a PDE depend on parameters?

Let $\Omega\subset\mathbb R^n$ be a bounded smooth domain and $\sigma_1,\sigma_2:\Omega\to(c^{-1},c)$ measurable (for some constant $1<c<\infty$). Let $f\in H^{1/2}(\partial\Omega)=H^1(\Omega)/H^...
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Possible mistake in De Giorgi's paper on Holder's regularity

$\mu_{n-1}$ is the $n-1$ dimensional measure and $\operatorname{meas}$ is the $n$-dimensional one. $I(\varrho)$ is the ball of radius $\varrho$ around a fixed point $y$ in the domain $\Omega\subset \...
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Divergence form Elliptic PDE Removable Singularity/Regularity Question

Idea Given a $W^{1,2}$ solution to a linear divergence form uniformly elliptic pde with bounded coefficients, standard De Giorgi-Nash-Moser theory tells us that the solution is infact (Holder) ...
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Variational formulation for bilaplacian

I am trying to derive a variational formulation for the following problem $$\left\{ \begin{array}{ll} \Delta^2u=f, & \Omega \\ \Delta u+\rho \partial_{\nu}u=0, & \partial \Omega \end{array}\...
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Integration by parts for a general negative-definite self-adjoint operator.

I suspect I am asking a very stupid question. Suppose you have self-adjoint negative-definite operator $L$ densely defined on a space $L^2(\pi)$, with $Lf = \nabla \cdot ( A(x)\nabla f)$, for some ...
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Does Hölder continuity imply smoothness for the CMC equation: $u:D^2\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^n$, $\Delta u = 2H\partial_xu\times\partial_yu$, $H$ constant?

Context: I am currently reading through the freely available lecture notes from Tristan Riviere (here) on the applicability of integration by compensation in the analysis of various geometrically ...
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finding subharmonic function on the ball with both Dirichlet and Neumann boundaries prescribed

I have a question which looks like some sort of inverse problem. Let $B$ denote the unit ball centered at the origin in $R^N$ (take $N \ge 2$). Given any $h:\partial B \rightarrow (0,\infty)$ (smooth) ...
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Structure of sign changes under the heat flow

Let $f$ be a smooth function on $R^2$, and define $N_f$ to be the set of points $p$ such that the nodal set of $f$ ($\{x\in R^2: f(x)=0\}$) divided every neighborhood of $p$ into four regions. Indeed, ...
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Elliptic operator on non compact manifolds with ends of the type $\Omega\times (r,\infty)\times\mathbb{R}$

A smooth manifold $M$ is a manifold with a cylindrical end if there exists a compact subset $K\subset M$ such that $M\backslash K$ is diffeomorphic to $\Omega\times (r,\infty)$ where $\Omega$ is a ...
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significance of the Fučík spectrum

The Fučík spectrum seems to gain momentum among people working on spectral theory, with almost 300 articles published on this topic over the last 5 years, according to Google scholar. There exist ...
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Green's function for *GJMS* operator

Consider a Riemannian manifold $(M^n, g)$ of dimension $n$ with a metric $g$. We assume $M$ to be closed (compact without boundary). Let's not assume any hypothesis on the Yamabe invariant of the ...
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Modified mean value property

Let $L=\Delta + c$ in 3 dimensions, where $c$ is a positive constant. I met this modified mean value property of a solution $u$ of $Lu=0$ as $$u(\xi)=\frac{\sqrt{c}\rho}{sin(\sqrt{c}\rho)}\frac{1}{4\...
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Does pseudo-holomorphic *submanifolds* satisfy unique continuation?

Let $f,g:(D^2,j_\mathrm{std})\to(B^{2n}(1),J)$ be two pseudo-holomorphic maps. The following unique continuation result is well-known (it may be proved using either Aronszajn's Lemma or the Carleman ...
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A moving boundary in rock mechanics

I'm concern a moving boundary problem in rock mechanics. We consider a problem of unsaturated flow of an in-compressible fluid in a porous medium(rock) like D. Moreover suppose that support of a ...
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introduction books for Dynamic systems of discrete Schrodinger operator for beginner

In this semester, I study in a class of dynamic system. recently the French professor turn to the dynamic system of discrete operator. I find it is difficult to find a book in English. (I have found ...
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Laplacians associated to symplectic cohomologies

I am reading the paper"cohomology and Hodge theory on symplectic manifolds I" by Tseng and Yau. In this paper they consider several cohomologies on symplectic manifolds $(M,\omega)$based on the ...
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A question on certain elliptic PDE

Consider the elliptic PDE "CR" $$\begin{cases} U_{xx}=V_{yy}\\U_{yy}=-V_{xx} \end{cases}$$ And its consequence "LAP" $$U_{xxxx}+U_{yyyy}=0$$. Somehow, these equations are similar to the Cauchi ...
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The Hölder continuity condition of the Schauder estimates

The classical Schauder estimates (see the link) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schauder_estimates Requires $f\in C^\alpha$ in order to get a solution $u\in C^{2+\alpha}$ of the equation $$\Delta u=f$$ ...
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T. Carleman's method on eigenvalues asymptotics

What is the best available less or more modern introduction to the subject?
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Caccioppoli-Leray Inequality for De Giorgi's theorem proof

I am studying De Giorgi's proof of Holder continuity of solutions of elliptic equations with bounded measurable coefficients. This is the translation of the original paper De Giorgi paper At page ...