Curve shortening flow in heterogeneous media

  • Annalisa Cesaroni

    Università di Padova, Italy
  • Matteo Novaga

    Università di Pisa, Italy
  • Enrico Valdinoci

    Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy


In recent years, there has been a growing interest in geometric evolutions in heterogeneous media. Here we consider curvature driven flows of planar curves with an additional space-dependent forcing term, and we look for estimates which depend only on the -norm of the forcing term. Our motivation comes from a homogenization problem, which we can rigorously solve in the special case when the initial curve is a graph and the forcing term does not depend on the vertical direction. In such case, we are also able to define a solution of the evolution even if the forcing term is just a bounded function, not necessarily continuous.

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Annalisa Cesaroni, Matteo Novaga, Enrico Valdinoci, Curve shortening flow in heterogeneous media. Interfaces Free Bound. 13 (2011), no. 4, pp. 485–505

DOI 10.4171/IFB/269