Local Minimization, Variational Evolution and Γ-Convergence

  • Andrea Braides

Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2094)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 173-176

About this book


This book addresses new questions related to the asymptotic description of converging energies from the standpoint of local minimization and variational evolution. It explores the links between Gamma-limits, quasistatic evolution, gradient flows and stable points, raising new questions and proposing new techniques. These include the definition of effective energies that maintain the pattern of local minima, the introduction of notions of convergence of energies compatible with stable points, the computation of homogenized motions at critical time-scales through the definition of minimizing movement along a sequence of energies, the use of scaled energies to study long-term behavior or backward motion for variational evolutions. The notions explored in the book are linked to existing findings for gradient flows, energetic solutions and local minimizers, for which some generalizations are also proposed.


49J45,74Q10,49J40,74Q05 Gamma-convergence Gradient flow Homogenization Local minimization Variational Evolution

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Braides
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di MatematicaUniversità di Roma Tor VergataRomaItaly

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