Applied Mathematics & Optimization

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 39–66

Autonomous Integral Functionals with Discontinuous Nonconvex Integrands: Lipschitz Regularity of Minimizers, DuBois—Reymond Necessary Conditions, and Hamilton—Jacobi Equations

  •  Maso
  •  Frankowska


This paper is devoted to the autonomous Lagrange problem of the calculus of variations with a discontinuous Lagrangian. We prove that every minimizer is Lipschitz continuous if the Lagrangian is coercive and locally bounded. The main difference with respect to the previous works in the literature is that we do not assume that the Lagrangian is convex in the velocity. We also show that, under some additional assumptions, the DuBois—Reymond necessary condition still holds in the discontinuous case. Finally, we apply these results to deduce that the value function of the Bolza problem is locally Lipschitz and satisfies (in a generalized sense) a Hamilton—Jacobi equation.

Key words. Discontinuous Lagrangians, Nonconvex integrands, Lipschitz minimizers, DuBois—Reymond necessary conditions, Hamilton—Jacobi equations. AMS Classification. Primary 49N60, Secondary 49K05, 49L25. 


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© 2003 Springer-Verlag New York Inc.

Authors and Affiliations

  •  Maso
    • 1
  •  Frankowska
    • 2
  1. 1.SISSA, via Beirut 2-4, 34014 Trieste, Italy dalmaso@sissa.itIT
  2. 2.CNRS, CREA, Ecole Polytechnique, 1 Rue Descartes, 75005 Paris, France FR

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