JournalsifbVol. 5 , No. 3DOI 10.4171/ifb/82

First variation of anisotropic energies and crystalline mean curvature of partitions

  • Giovanni Bellettini

    Università di Roma 'Tor Vergata', Italy
  • Giuseppe Riey

    Università di Roma, Italy
  • Matteo Novaga

    Università di Pisa, Italy
First variation of anisotropic energies and crystalline mean curvature of partitions cover

Abstract

We rigorously derive the notion of crystalline mean curvature af an anisotropic partition with no restriction on the space dimension. Our results cover the case of crystalline networks in two dimensions, polyhedral partitions in three dimensions, and generic anisotropic partitions for smooth anisotropies. The natural equilibrium conditions on the singular set of the partition are derived. We discuss several examples in two dimensions (also for two adjacent triple junctions)and one example in three dimensions when the Wulff shape is the unit cube. In the examples we analyze also the stability of the partitions.