An Efficient Derivation of the Aronsson Equation
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- Crandall, M. Arch. Rational Mech. Anal. (2003) 167: 271. doi:10.1007/s00205-002-0236-3
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For 1<p<∞, the equation which characterizes minima of the functional u↦∫U|Du|p,dx subject to fixed values of u on ∂U is −Δpu=0. Here −Δp is the well-known ``p-Laplacian''. When p=∞ the corresponding functional is u↦|| |Du|2||L∞(U). A new feature arises in that minima are no longer unique unless U is allowed to vary, leading to the idea of ``absolute minimizers''. Aronsson showed that then the appropriate equation is −Δ∞u=0, that is, u is ``infinity harmonic'' as explained below. Jensen showed that infinity harmonic functions, understood in the viscosity sense, are precisely the absolute minimizers. Here we advance results of Barron, Jensen and Wang concerning more general functionals u↦||f(x,u,Du)||L∞(U) by giving a simplified derivation of the corresponding necessary condition under weaker hypotheses.