We consider a mass conserving Allen–Cahn equation ut = Δ_u_ + ε–2(f(u) – ελ(t)) in a bounded domain with no flux boundary condition, where ελ(t) is the average of f(u(∙,t)) and –f is the derivative of a double equal well potential. Given a smooth hypersurface γ0 contained in the domain, we show that the solution _u_ε with appropriate initial data tends, as ε ↘ 0, to a limit which takes only two values, with the jump occurring at the hypersurface obtained from the volume preserving mean curvature flow starting from γ0.
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Xinfu Chen, Danielle Hilhorst, Elisabeth Logak, Mass conserving Allen–Cahn equation and volume preserving mean curvature flow. Interfaces Free Bound. 12 (2010), no. 4, pp. 527–549DOI 10.4171/IFB/244