On an Isoperimetric Problem with a Competing Nonlocal Term I: The Planar Case
Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
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Communications on Pure and Applied Mathematics
Volume 66, Issue 7, pages 1129–1162, July 2013
How to Cite
Knüpfer, H. and Muratov, C. B. (2013), On an Isoperimetric Problem with a Competing Nonlocal Term I: The Planar Case. Comm. Pure Appl. Math., 66: 1129–1162. doi: 10.1002/cpa.21451
- Issue published online: 26 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 8 APR 2013
- Manuscript Received: SEP 2011
This paper is concerned with a study of the classical isoperimetric problem modified by an addition of a nonlocal repulsive term. We characterize existence, nonexistence, and radial symmetry of the minimizers as a function of mass in the situation where the nonlocal term is generated by a kernel given by an inverse power of the distance. We prove that minimizers of this problem exist for sufficiently small masses and are given by disks with prescribed mass below a certain threshold when the interfacial term in the energy is dominant. At the same time, we prove that minimizers fail to exist for sufficiently large masses due to the tendency of the low-energy configuration to split into smaller pieces when the nonlocal term in the energy is dominant. In the latter regime, we also establish linear scaling of energy with mass, suggesting that for large masses low-energy configurations consist of many roughly equal-size pieces far apart. In the case of slowly decaying kernels, we give a complete characterization of the minimizers. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.