The Composite Membrane Problem

GEOMETRIC PDE SEMINAR
Topic:The Composite Membrane Problem
Speaker:Sagun Chanillo
Affiliation:Rutgers University and Member, School of Mathematics
Date:Thursday, December 4
Time/Room:1:30pm - 3:30pm/S-101

We address the problem of building a body of specified shape and of specified mass, out of materials of varying density so as to minimize the first Dirichlet eigenvalue. It leads to a free boundary problem and many uniqueness questions, The regularity of the free boundary and optimal regularity of the solution then depends on blow-up analysis and a monotonicity formula. Full regularity of the free boundary so far has only been achieved in dimension two where the tangent cones obtained via blow-up are seen to be unstable. This is in part joint work with C. Kenig and Tung To.