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Eigenvalue Minimization in Conformal classes • GJMS operators • Composite Membrane problem • Free Boundary Problems • Conformal Geometry • Paneitz operator

By Sagun Chanillo


We show that a certain eigenvalue minimization problem in two dimensions for the Laplace operator in conformal classes is equivalent to the composite membrane problem. We again establish such a link in higher dimensions for eigenvalue problems stemming from the critical GJMS operators. New free boundary problems of unstable type arise in higher dimensions linked to the critical GJMS operator. In dimension four, the critical GJMS operator is exactly the Paneitz operator

Year: 2012
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