Semicontinuity of eigenvalues under intrinsic flat convergence

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Abstract

We use the theory of rectifiable metric spaces to define a Dirichlet energy of Lipschitz functions defined on the support of integral currents. This energy is obtained by integration of the square of the norm of the tangential derivative, or equivalently of the approximate local dilatation, of the Lipschitz functions. We define min–max values based on the normalized energy and show that when integral current spaces converge in the intrinsic flat sense without loss of volume, the min–max values of the limit space are larger than or equal to the upper limit of the min–max values of the currents in the sequence. In particular, the infimum of the normalized energy is semicontinuous. On spaces that are infinitesimally Hilbertian, we can define a linear Laplace operator. We can show that semicontinuity under intrinsic flat convergence holds for eigenvalues below the essential spectrum, if the total volume of the spaces converges as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1725-1766
Number of pages42
JournalCalculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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