By Luigi Ambrosio

The hyperlink among Calculus of adaptations and Partial Differential Equations has regularly been powerful, simply because variational difficulties produce, through their Euler-Lagrange equation, a differential equation and, conversely, a differential equation can usually be studied by way of variational equipment. on the summer time tuition in Pisa in September 1996, Luigi Ambrosio and Norman Dancer every one gave a direction on a classical subject (the geometric challenge of evolution of a floor by way of suggest curvature, and measure idea with functions to pde's resp.), in a self-contained presentation available to PhD scholars, bridging the distance among general classes and complex examine on those subject matters. The ensuing booklet is split therefore into 2 components, and well illustrates the 2-way interplay of difficulties and techniques. all the classes is augmented and complemented by way of extra brief chapters by means of different authors describing present learn difficulties and results.

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Remark 19. In the codimension I case the equation in (87) can be (formally) put in the divergence form Ut = IV'uldiv (V'u/IV'ul). A "viscosity" approximation of the solution of (87) is given by the solutions u< of if the initial function Uo is C 1 ,l and constant at infinity (see [ES92a] for details and for a geometric interpretation of this approximation). Remark BO. Using Theorem 18 and the translation invariance in (x, u) of (87) it is easy to check that any modulus of continuity of Uo is a modulus of continuity of u(t,·) for any t ~ O.

W(y) ~ w(x) + (p, y - x) Vy E B} we have Cn(G o ) > W - wntS n scn(w, B) for 0 < tS < [maxw - maxw)/(2R). Ii 8B (65) 44 Part I, Geometric Evolution Problems Proof. Assume first W E COO(B) and notice that (64) implies sc(w, B) > O. We claim that for any 8 fulfilling the condition in (65) we have V'w(G~) = B d • Indeed, the inclusion C is trivial; to show the opposite one we choose p E Bd and observe that max w(x) - (P,x) m~w(x) - (P,x) ~ m~w - R8, xEB xEB xE8B ~ max w + R8. xE8B Hence, by our choice of 8, any maximizer of w(x) - (p, x) lies in B and belongs to G~.

In the case k = (n-l), which corresponds to the mean curvature flow for hypersurfaces, G k (p, X) reduces to -trace Y = -trace (PpX Pp) = -trace (PpX) = -trace X + (Xp,p) Ip12' (85) By (15) and Remark 4, the equation corresponding to this choice of G k flows each co dimension 1 level set with velocity equal to the sum of the smallest k principal curvatures. If u ~ we will see that, under regularity assumptions, this forces the level set to flow by mean curvature. ) whose level sets are spheres.