Selected Chapters in the Calculus of Variations by Jürgen Moser

By Jürgen Moser

Those lecture notes describe a brand new improvement within the calculus of diversifications referred to as Aubry-Mather-Theory. the place to begin for the theoretical physicist Aubry used to be the outline of the movement of electrons in a two-dimensional crystal by way of an easy version. to take action, Aubry investigated a discrete variational challenge and the corresponding minimals.

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8 α is continuous on M, if we take the C 0 (R) topology on M. Proof. We have to show that xm → x implies αm := α(xm ) → α := α(x). 7 |xm (t) − xm (0) − αt| ≤ D0 is known, one has |αm − α| ≤ Given |x(t) − xm (t) − x(0) + xm (0)| 2D0 + .

Dt Show then, the if Ω is simply connected, F must have the form F (t, x, p) = gt + gx p 1 with g ∈ C (Ω). 9) Show, that for all x ∈ Lip0 [0, a] a 0 x˙ 2 − x2 dt ≥ 0 if and only if |a| ≤ π. 10) Show, that x ≡ 0 is not a strong minimal for 1 0 (x˙ 2 − x˙ 4 ) dt, x(0) = x(1) = 0 . 11) Determine the distance between the conjugated points of the geodesics v ≡ 0 in example 4) and show, that on the geodesic v ≡ 1/2, there are no conjugated points. (Linearize the Euler equations for F = ab + cos(2πv))2 + (v )2 ).

EXTREMAL FIELDS AND GLOBAL MINIMALS from below takes a minimimum on a compact space, we obtain the existence of the minimals. 5) Regularity of the minimals. Let γ ∗ : t → x∗ (t) be a minimal element in Ξ from which we had proven existence in 4). For all φ : t → y(t), φ ∈ Ξ I(γ + φ) ≥ I(γ ∗ ) . This means that the first variation must disappear if it exists. Claim: The first variation lim →0 (I(γ t2 [I(γ ∗ + φ) − I(γ ∗ )]/ = t1 t2 ∗ + φ) − I(γ ∗ ))/ exists. [F (t, x∗ + y, x˙ ∗ + y) ˙ − F (t, x∗ , x˙ ∗ )] dt/ [λ(t, )y˙ + µ(t, )y] dt = t1 with 1 λ(t, ) = Fp (t, x∗ , x˙ ∗ + θ y) ˙ dθ 0 1 µ(t, ) = Fx (t, x∗ + θ y, x˙ ∗ ) dθ .

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