Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

, Volume 206, Issue 1, pp 111–157

Aleksandrov–Bakelman–Pucci Type Estimates for Integro-Differential Equations


DOI: 10.1007/s00205-012-0529-0

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Guillen, N. & Schwab, R.W. Arch Rational Mech Anal (2012) 206: 111. doi:10.1007/s00205-012-0529-0


In this work we provide an Aleksandrov–Bakelman–Pucci type estimate for a certain class of fully nonlinear elliptic integro-differential equations, the proof of which relies on an appropriate generalization of the convex envelope to a nonlocal, fractional-order setting and on the use of Riesz potentials to interpret second derivatives as fractional order operators. This result applies to a family of equations involving some nondegenerate kernels and, as a consequence, provides some new regularity results for previously untreated equations. Furthermore, this result also gives a new comparison theorem for viscosity solutions of such equations which depends only on the L and Ln norms of the right-hand side, in contrast to previous comparison results which utilize the continuity of the right-hand side for their conclusions. These results appear to be new, even for the linear case of the relevant equations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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