Energy scaling and domain branching in type-I superconductors

7 May 2007
Sergio Conti
&nbsp;<font SIZE="2"> The intermediate state of a type-I superconductor is a classical example of energy-driven pattern-formation, first studied by Landau in 1937. Mathematically this can be modeled by a nonconvex functional with a singular perturbation, which physically represents the surface energy. In this talk I shall discuss how a combination of interpolation inequalities and explicit constructions permits to determine the scaling of the minimal energy with respect to the relevant material parameters, and therefore to predict a phase diagram for the observed microstructure. This talk is mainly based on joint work with Rustum Choksi, Robert V. Kohn, and Felix Otto. &nbsp; </font> &nbsp;
  • Applied Analysis and Mechanics Seminar