A variational problem pertaining to biharmonic maps

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The second derivative of a map into a Riemannian manifold is given by a nonlinear differential operator. We study minimizers and critical points of the L2-norm of this second derivative. We show existence of minimizers with the direct method and we prove a partial regularity result.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1654 -1689
Number of pages36
JournalCommunications in Partial Differential Equations
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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