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Lp-gradient harmonic maps into spheres and SO(N)

Armin Schikorra


We consider critical points of the energy $E(v) := \int_{\mathbb{R}^n} |\nabla^s v|^{\frac{n}{s}}$, where $v$ maps locally into the sphere or $SO(N)$, and $\nabla^s = (\partial_1^s,\ldots,\partial_n^s)$ is the formal fractional gradient, i.e. $\partial_\alpha^s$ is a composition of the fractional laplacian with the $\alpha$-th Riesz transform. We show that critical points of this energy are Hölder continuous.

As a special case, for $s = 1$, we obtain a new, more stable proof of Fuchs and Strzelecki's regularity result of $n$-harmonic maps into the sphere, which is interesting on its own.

MSC Codes:
58E20, 35B65, 35J60

Related publications

2015 Repository Open Access
Armin Schikorra

Lp-gradient harmonic maps into spheres and SO(N)

In: Differential and integral equations, 28 (2015) 3/4, pp. 383-408