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An Epiperimetric Inequality Approach to the Regularity of the Free Boundary in the Signorini Problem

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Lind 305
Mariana Smit Vega Garcia (Universität Duisburg-Essen)
We will describe the Signorini, or lower-dimensional obstacle problem, for a uniformly elliptic, divergence form operator L = div(A(x)nabla) with Lipschitz continuous coefficients. We will give an overview of this problem and discuss some recent developments, including the optimal regularity of the solution and the $C^{1,alpha}$ regularity of the regular part of the free boundary. These are obtained by proving a new monotonicity formula for a generalization of the celebrated Almgren’s frequency functional, a new Weiss type monotonicity formula and an appropriate version of the epiperimetric inequality.
This is joint work with Nicola Garofalo and Arshak Petrosyan.
MSC Code: 
35J67