Numerical Approximations in Variational Problems with Potential Wells

Michel Chipot, Charles Collins
1992 SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis  
In this paper, some numerical aspects of variational problems which fail to be convex are studied. It is well known that for such a problem, in general, the infimum of the energy (the functional that has to be minimized) fails to be attained. Instead, minimizing sequences develop oscillations which allow them to decrease the energy.It is shown that there exists a minimizes for an approximation of the problem and the oscillations in the minimizing sequence are analyzed. It is also shown that
more » ... also shown that these minimizing sequences choose their gradients in the vicinity of the wells with a probability which tends to be constant. An estimate of the approximate deformation as it approximates a measure and some numerical results are also given. Abstract. In this paper, some numerical aspects of variational problems which fail to be convex are studied. It is well known that for such a problem, in general, the infimum of the energy (the functional that has to be minimized) fails to be attained. Instead, minimizing sequences develop oscillations which allow them to decrease the energy. It is shown that there exists a minimizer for an approximation of the problem and the oscillations in the minimizing sequence are analyzed. It is also shown that these minimizing sequences choose their gradients in the vicinity of the wells with a probability which tends to be constant. An estimate of the approximate deformation as it approximates a measure and some numerical results are also given.
doi:10.1137/0729061 fatcat:amtv4c3vszbrljdep47glisnym