Resolvent estimates for high-contrast elliptic problems with periodic coefficients

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We study the asymptotic behaviour of the resolvents \({(\mathcal{A}^\varepsilon+I)^{-1}}\) of elliptic second-order differential operators \({{\mathcal{A}}^\varepsilon}\) in \({\mathbb{R}^d}\) with periodic rapidly oscillating coefficients, as the period \({\varepsilon}\) goes to zero. The class of operators covered by our analysis includes both the “classical” case of uniformly elliptic families (where the ellipticity constant does not depend on \({\varepsilon}\)) and the “double-porosity” case of coefficients that take contrasting values of order one and of order \({\varepsilon^2}\) in different parts of the period cell. We provide a construction for the leading order term of the “operator asymptotics” of \({(\mathcal{A}^\varepsilon+I)^{-1}}\) in the sense of operator-norm convergence and prove order \({O(\varepsilon)}\) remainder estimates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1061-1086
Number of pages26
JournalArchive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
Issue number3
Early online date7 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016


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