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April  2011, 29(2): 547-557. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2011.29.547

Regularity of minimizers for second order variational problems in one independent variable

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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, SW7 2BT, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Received  September 2009 Revised  March 2010 Published  October 2010

We consider autonomous, second order problems in the calculus of variations in one independent variable. For analogous first order problems it is known that, under standard hypotheses of existence theory and a local boundedness condition on the Lagrangian, minimizers over $W^{1,1}$ have bounded first derivatives ($W^{1,\infty}$ regularity prevails). For second order problems one might expect, by analogy, that minimizers would have bounded second derivatives ($W^{2,\infty}$ regularity) under the standard existence hypotheses $(HE)$ for second order problems, supplemented by a local boundedness condition. A counter-example, however, indicates that this is not the case. In earlier work, $W^{2, \infty}$ regularity has been established for these problems under $(HE)$ and additional 'integrability' hypotheses on derivatives of the Lagrangian, evaluated along the minimizer. We show that these additional hypotheses can be significantly reduced. The proof techniques employed depend on a combination of the application of a change of independent variable and of extensions to Tonelli regularity theory proved by Clarke and Vinter.
Citation: Christos Gavriel, Richard Vinter. Regularity of minimizers for second order variational problems in one independent variable. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2011, 29 (2) : 547-557. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2011.29.547
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A. V. Sarychev and D. F. Torres, Lipschitzian regularity of minimizers for optimal control problems with control-affine dynamics,, Appl. Math. Optim., 41 (2000), 237. doi: doi:10.1007/s002459911013. Google Scholar

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D. R. Smith, "Variational Methods in Optimization,", Prentice Hall, (1974). Google Scholar

[3]

F. H. Clarke, L. S. Ledyaev, R. J. Stern and P. R. Wolenski, "Nonsmooth Analysis and Control Theory,", Graduate Texts in Mathematics, 178 (1998). Google Scholar

[4]

F. H. Clarke, "Methods of Dynamic and Nonsmooth Optimization,", Regional Conference Series in Applied Mathematics, (1989). Google Scholar

[5]

F. H. Clarke, Necessary conditions in dynamic optimization,, Memoirs of the Amer. Math. Soc., 816 (2005), 1. Google Scholar

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F. H. Clarke and R. B. Vinter, Regularity properties of solutions to the basic problem in the calculus of variations,, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 289 (1985), 73. Google Scholar

[7]

F. H. Clarke and R. B. Vinter, A regularity theory for variational problems with higher order derivatives,, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 320 (1990), 227. doi: doi:10.2307/2001759. Google Scholar

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F. H. Clarke and R. B. Vinter, On the conditions under which the Euler equation or the Maximum principle hold,, Appl. Math. Optim, 12 (1983), 73. doi: doi:10.1007/BF01449034. Google Scholar

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L. Ambrosio, O. Ascenti and G. Butazzo, Lipschitz regularity for minimizers of integral functionals with highly discontinuous integrands,, J. Math. An. Applic., 142 (1989), 301. doi: doi:10.1016/0022-247X(89)90001-2. Google Scholar

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L. C. Young, "Lectures on the Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control Theory,", Saunders, (1969). Google Scholar

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L. Tonelli, "Fondamenti di Calcolo delle Variazioni,", vol. \textbf{1} and \textbf{2}, 1 (1921). Google Scholar

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R. B. Vinter, "Optimal Control,", Birkhauser, (2000). Google Scholar

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R. T. Rockafellar and R. J.-W. Wets, "Variational Analysis, Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften,", vol. \textbf{317}, 317 (1998). Google Scholar

[14]

R. T. Rockafellar, Existence theorems for general control problems of Bolza and Lagrange,, Advances in Math., 15 (1975), 312. doi: doi:10.1016/0001-8708(75)90140-1. Google Scholar

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