Local minimizers in micromagnetics and related problems

Ball, J M, Taheri, A and Winter, M (2002) Local minimizers in micromagnetics and related problems. Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations, 14 (1). pp. 1-27. ISSN 0944-2669

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Abstract

Let be a smooth bounded domain and consider the energy functional Here is a small parameter and the admissible function m lies in the Sobolev space of vector-valued functions and satisfies the pointwise constraint for a.e. . The induced magnetic field is related to m via Maxwell's equations and the function is assumed to be a sufficiently smooth, non-negative energy density with a multi-well structure. Finally is a constant vector. The energy functional arises from the continuum model for ferromagnetic materials known as micromagnetics developed by W.F. Brown [9]. In this paper we aim to construct local energy minimizers for this functional. Our approach is based on studying the corresponding Euler-Lagrange equation and proving a local existence result for this equation around a fixed constant solution. Our main device for doing so is a suitable version of the implicit function theorem. We then show that these solutions are local minimizers of in appropriate topologies by use of certain sufficiency theorems for local minimizers. Our analysis is applicable to a much broader class of functionals than the ones introduced above and on the way to proving our main results we reflect on some related problems.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences > Mathematics
Depositing User: Ali Taheri
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:17
Last Modified: 04 Apr 2012 13:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25208
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