The Variational Capacity with Respect to Nonopen Sets in Metric Spaces
2014 (English)In: Potential Analysis, ISSN 0926-2601, E-ISSN 1572-929X, Vol. 40, no 1, 57-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We pursue a systematic treatment of the variational capacity on metric spaces and give full proofs of its basic properties. A novelty is that we study it with respect to nonopen sets, which is important for Dirichlet and obstacle problems on nonopen sets, with applications in fine potential theory. Under standard assumptions on the underlying metric space, we show that the variational capacity is a Choquet capacity and we provide several equivalent definitions for it. On open sets in weighted R (n) it is shown to coincide with the usual variational capacity considered in the literature. Since some desirable properties fail on general nonopen sets, we introduce a related capacity which turns out to be a Choquet capacity in general metric spaces and for many sets coincides with the variational capacity. We provide examples demonstrating various properties of both capacities and counterexamples for when they fail. Finally, we discuss how a change of the underlying metric space influences the variational capacity and its minimizing functions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Verlag (Germany) , 2014. Vol. 40, no 1, 57-80 p.
Choquet capacity; Doubling measure; Metric space; Newtonian space; Nonlinear; Outer capacity; p-harmonic; Poincare inequality; Potential theory; Quasicontinuous; Sobolev space; Upper gradient; Variational capacity
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-104294DOI: 10.1007/s11118-013-9341-1ISI: 000329942200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-104294DiVA: diva2:697179