Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis

, Volume 229, Issue 2, pp 547–567 | Cite as

On the Second Boundary Value Problem for Monge–Ampère Type Equations and Geometric Optics

  • Feida Jiang
  • Neil S. Trudinger


In this paper, we prove the existence of classical solutions to second boundary value problems for generated prescribed Jacobian equations, as recently developed by the second author, thereby obtaining extensions of classical solvability of optimal transportation problems to problems arising in near field geometric optics. Our results depend in particular on a priori second derivative estimates recently established by the authors under weak co-dimension one convexity hypotheses on the associated matrix functions with respect to the gradient variables, (A3w). We also avoid domain deformations by using the convexity theory of generating functions to construct unique initial solutions for our homotopy family, thereby enabling application of the degree theory for nonlinear oblique boundary value problems.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Mathematics and StatisticsNanjing University of Information Science and TechnologyNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Centre for Mathematics and Its ApplicationsThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.School of Mathematics and Applied StatisticsUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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