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Entropy, stability, and harmonic map flow

By Jess Boling, Casey Lynn Kelleher and Jeffrey Streets


Inspired by work of Colding-Minicozzi on mean curvature flow, Zhang introduced a notion of entropy stability for harmonic map flow. We build further upon this work in several directions. First we prove the equivalence of entropy stability with a more computationally tractable $\mathcal F$-stability. Then, focusing on the case of spherical targets, we prove a general instability result for high-entropy solitons. Finally, we exploit results of Lin-Wang to observe long time existence and convergence results for maps into certain convex domains and how they relate to generic singularities of harmonic map flow

Topics: Mathematics - Differential Geometry, Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs
Year: 2015
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