Uniform energy distribution for a non-local isoperimetric problem

7 March 2018
Katarína Bellová

For energy functionals composed of competing short- and long-range interactions, minimizers are often conjectured to form essentially periodic patterns on some intermediate lengthscale. However,  not many detailed structural results or proofs of periodicity are known in dimensions larger than 1. We study a functional composed of  the attractive, local interfacial energy of charges concentrated on a hyperplane and the energy of the electric field generated by these charges in the full space, which can be interpreted as a repulsive, non-local functional of the charges. We follow the approach of Alberti-Choksi-Otto and prove that the energy of minimizers of this functional is uniformly distributed  on cubes intersecting the hyperplane, which are sufficiently large with respect to the intrinsic lengthscale.

This is a joint work with A. Julia and F. Otto.

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