The Wulff Problem for Diffuse Interfaces

  • Guido Manzi

    Università di Roma, Italy


We consider the non-local free energy functional defined by Bellettini, De Masi and Presutti in [J. Math. Phys. 46 (2004)(8)], and we study its infimum over the class of functions with zero average (Wulff problem). We prove that the infimum is a minimum achieved on a particular antisymmetric strictly increasing function called the finite volume instanton. The result can be interpreted as an extension of the Wulff theorem to a not sharp interface.

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Guido Manzi, The Wulff Problem for Diffuse Interfaces. Z. Anal. Anwend. 26 (2007), no. 3, pp. 261–275

DOI 10.4171/ZAA/1323