Nonlinear Stein theorem for differential forms

7 February 2019
Swarnendu Sil

Stein ($1981$) proved the borderline Sobolev embedding result which states that for $n \geq 2,$ $u \in L^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ and $\nabla u \in L^{(n,1)}(\mathbb{R}^{n}; \mathbb{R}^{n})$ implies $u$ is continuous. Coupled with standard Calderon-Zygmund estimates for Lorentz spaces, this implies $u \in C^{1}(\mathbb{R}^{n})$ if $\Delta u \in L^{(n,1)}(\mathbb{R}^{n}).$ The search for a nonlinear generalization of this result culminated in the work of Kuusi-Mingione ($2014$), which proves the same result for $p$-Laplacian type systems. \paragraph{} In this talk, we shall discuss how these results can be extended to differential forms. In particular, we can prove that if $u$ is an $\mathbb{R}^{N}$-valued $W^{1,p}_{loc}$ $k$-differential form with $\delta \left( a(x) \lvert du \rvert^{p-2} du \right) \in L^{(n,1)}_{loc}$ in a domain of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ for $N \geq 1,$ $n \geq 2,$ $0 \leq k \leq n-1, $ $1 < p < \infty, $ with uniformly positive, bounded, Dini continuous scalar function $a$, then $du$ is continuous.

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