Irene Fonseca

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Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs (13)
Mathematics - Optimization and Control (2)
Mathematics - Dynamical Systems (1)
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Publications Authored By Irene Fonseca

In this paper the study of a nonlocal second order Cahn-Hilliard-type singularly perturbed family of functions is undertaken. The kernels considered include those leading to Gagliardo fractional seminorms for gradients. Using Gamma convergence the integral representation of the limit energy is characterized leading to an anisotropic surface energy on interfaces separating different phases. Read More

The Ambrosio-Tortorelli approximation scheme with weighted underlying metric is investigated. It is shown that it {\Gamma}-converges to a Mumford-Shah image segmentation functional depending on the weight $\omega dx$, where $\omega\in SBV(\Omega)$, and on its value $\omega^-$. Read More

The formation of microdomains, also called rafts, in biomembranes can be attributed to the surface tension of the membrane. In order to model this phenomenon, a model involving a coupling between the local composition and the local curvature was proposed by Seul and Andelman in 1995. In addition to the familiar Cahn-Hilliard/Modica-Mortola energy, there are additional `forces' that prevent large domains of homogeneous concentration. Read More

A homogenization result for a family of oscillating integral energies is presented, where the fields under consideration are subjected to first order linear differential constraints depending on the space variable x. The work is based on the theory of A-quasiconvexity with variable coefficients and on two-scale convergence techniques, and generalizes the previously obtained results in the case in which the differential constraints are imposed by means of a linear first order differential operator with constant coefficients. The identification of the relaxed energy in the framework of A-quasiconvexity with variable coefficients is also recovered as a corollary of the homogenization result. Read More

The goal of this paper is to derive in the two-dimensional case necessary and sufficient minimality conditions in terms of the second variation for the functional \[ v\mapsto\int_{\Omega}\big(|\nabla v|^{2}+\chi_{\{v>0\}}Q^{2} \big)\,dx, \] introduced in a classical paper of Alt and Caffarelli. For a special choice of $Q$ this includes water waves. The second variation is obtained by computing the second derivative of the functional along suitable variations of the free boundary. Read More

A variational model for epitaxially strained films accounting for the presence of dislocations is considered. Existence, regularity and some qualitative properties of solutions are addressed. Read More

A variational model for imaging segmentation and denoising color images is proposed. The model combines Meyer's "u+v" decomposition with a chromaticity-brightness framework and is expressed by a minimization of energy integral functionals depending on a small parameter $\epsi>0$. The asymptotic behavior as $\epsi\to0^+$ is characterized, and convergence of infima, almost minimizers, and energies are established. Read More

A homogenization result for a family of integral energies is presented, where the fields are subjected to periodic first order oscillating differential constraints in divergence form. The work is based on the theory of A -quasiconvexity with variable coefficients and on two- scale convergence techniques. Read More

The interplay between multiscale homogenization and dimension reduction for nonlinear elastic thin plates is analyzed in the case in which the scaling of the energy corresponds to Kirchhoff's nonlinear bending theory for plates. Different limit models are deduced depending on the relative ratio between the thickness parameter $h$ and the two homogenization scales $\ep$ and $\ep^2$. Read More

Regularity results for minimal configurations of variational problems involving both bulk and surface energies and subject to a volume constraint are established. The bulk energies are convex functions with p-power growth, but are otherwise not subjected to any further structure conditions. For a minimal configuration (u;E), Hoelder continuity of the function u is proved as well as partial regularity of the boundary of the minimal set E. Read More

The goal of this paper is the analytical validation of a model of Cermelli and Gurtin for an evolution law for systems of screw dislocations under the assumption of antiplane shear. The motion of the dislocations is restricted to a discrete set of glide directions, which are properties of the material. The evolution law is given by a "maximal dissipation criterion", leading to a system of differential inclusions. Read More

The asymptotic behavior of an anisotropic Cahn-Hilliard functional with prescribed mass and Dirichlet boundary condition is studied when the parameter epsilon that determines the width of the transition layers tends to zero. The double-well potential is assumed to be even and equal to |s-1|^b near s=1, with 1Read More

Short time existence for a surface diffusion evolution equation with curvature regularization is proved in the context of epitaxially strained three-dimensional films. This is achieved by implementing a minimizing movement scheme, which is hinged on the $H^{-1}$-gradient flow structure underpinning the evolution law. Long-time behavior and Liapunov stability in the case of initial data close to a flat configuration are also addressed. Read More

The one-dimensional version of the higher order total variation-based model for image restoration proposed by Chan, Marquina, and Mulet in [4] is analyzed. A suitable functional framework in which the minimization problem is well posed is being proposed and it is proved analytically that the higher order regularizing term prevents the occurrence of the staircase effect. Read More

In this paper it is shown that higher order quasiconvex functions suitable in the variational treatment of problems involving second derivatives may be extended to the space of all matrices as classical quasiconvex functions. Precisely, it is proved that a smooth strictly 2-quasiconvex function with p-growth at infinity, p>1, is the restriction to symmetric matrices of a 1-quasiconvex function with the same growth. As a consequence, lower semicontinuity results for second-order variational problems are deduced as corollaries of well-known first order theorems. Read More