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Size of planar domains and existence of minimizers of the Ginzburg-Landau energy with semi-stiff boundary conditions

Petru Mironescu 1 
1 EDPA - Équations aux dérivées partielles, analyse
ICJ - Institut Camille Jordan [Villeurbanne]
Abstract : The Ginzburg-Landau energy with semi-stiff boundary conditions is an intermediate model between the full Ginzburg-Landau equations, which make appear both a condensate wave function and a magnetic potential, and the simplified Ginzburg-Landau model, coupling the condensate wave function to a Dirichlet boundary condition. In the semi-stiff model, there is no magnetic potential. The boundary data is not fixed, but circulation is prescribed on the boundary. Mathematically, this leads to prescribing the degrees on the components of the boundary. The corresponding problem is variational, but non compact: in general, energy minimizers do not exist. Existence of minimizers is governed by the topology and the size of the underlying domain. We propose here various notions of domain size related to existence of minimizers , and discuss existence of minimizers or critical points, as well as their uniqueness and asymptotic behavior. We also present the state of the art in the study of this model, accounting results obtained during the last decade by L.V. Berlyand, M. Dos Santos, A. Farina, D. Golovaty, X. Lamy, V. Rybalko, E. Sandier, and the author.
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Petru Mironescu. Size of planar domains and existence of minimizers of the Ginzburg-Landau energy with semi-stiff boundary conditions. Contemp. Math. Fundamental Directions, 2013, 47, pp.78--107. ⟨hal-00747657v2⟩

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