Journal of Nonlinear Science

, Volume 27, Issue 5, pp 1435–1461 | Cite as

A Variational Model for Dislocations at Semi-coherent Interfaces

  • Silvio Fanzon
  • Mariapia Palombaro
  • Marcello PonsiglioneEmail author


We propose and analyze a simple variational model for dislocations at semi-coherent interfaces. The energy functional describes the competition between two terms: a surface energy induced by dislocations and a bulk elastic energy, spent to decrease the amount of dislocations needed to compensate the lattice misfit. We prove that, for minimizers, the former scales like the surface area of the interface, the latter like its diameter. The proposed continuum model is built on some explicit computations done in the framework of the semi-discrete theory of dislocations. Even if we deal with finite elasticity, linearized elasticity naturally emerges in our analysis since the far-field strain vanishes as the interface size increases.


Nonlinear elasticity Geometric rigidity Linearization Crystals Dislocations Heterostructures 

Mathematics Subject Classification

74B20 74K10 74N05 49J45 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of SussexBrightonUK
  2. 2.Dipartimento di MatematicaSapienza Università di RomaRomeItaly

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