Semicontinuity problems in the calculus of variations. (English) Zbl 0565.49010

The authors give some semicontinuity and relaxation results for integrals of the calculus of variations. The following is one of the most interesting theorems proved in the paper. It is a very deep result: Let \(\Omega\) be an open set in \({\mathbb{R}}^ n\). Let us assume that \(f=f(x,s,\xi)\) is a real Carathéodory function defined in \(\Omega \times {\mathbb{R}}^ m\times {\mathbb{R}}^{nm},\) quasiconvex with respect to \(\xi\) in Morrey’s sense, and such that \(0\leq f(x,s,\xi)\leq a(x)+c(| s|^ p+| \xi |^ p)\) for a.e. \(x\in \Omega\), and for every \(s\in {\mathbb{R}}^ m\), \(\xi \in {\mathbb{R}}^{nm}\), where c is a positive constant, \(p\geq 1\) and \(a\in L^ 1_{loc}(\Omega)\). Then the functional \[ u\in W^{1,p}(\Omega;{\mathbb{R}}^ m)\to \int_{\Omega}f(x,u(x),Du(x))\quad dx \] is sequentially lower semicontinuous in the weak topology of \(W^{1,p}(\Omega;{\mathbb{R}}^ m)\). A result of existence of minima by the reviewer and C. Sbordone [J. Math. Pures Appl. 62, 1-9 (1983; Zbl 0516.49011)] and a semicontinuity theorem by the reviewer [Manuscripta Math. 51, 1-28 (1985)] are related to the quoted semicontinuity theorem. Moreover, the book by B. Dacorogna [”Weak continuity and weak lower semi-continuity of non-linear functionals”, Lect. Notes Math. 922 (1982; Zbl 0484.46041)] is related to the relaxation results.
Reviewer: P.Marcellini


49J45 Methods involving semicontinuity and convergence; relaxation
26B25 Convexity of real functions of several variables, generalizations
46E35 Sobolev spaces and other spaces of “smooth” functions, embedding theorems, trace theorems
54C08 Weak and generalized continuity
49J10 Existence theories for free problems in two or more independent variables
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