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2004, 3(3): 491-500. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2004.3.491

Proper extensions of Noether's symmetry theorem for nonsmooth extremals of the calculus of variations

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Department of Mathematics, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Received  September 2003 Revised  February 2004 Published  June 2004

For nonsmooth Euler-Lagrange extremals, Noether's conservation laws cease to be valid. We show that Emmy Noether's theorem of the calculus of variations is still valid in the wider class of Lipschitz functions, as long as one restrict the Euler-Lagrange extremals to those which satisfy the DuBois-Reymond necessary condition. In the smooth case all Euler-Lagrange extremals are DuBois-Reymond extremals, and the result gives a proper extension of the classical Noether's theorem. This is in contrast with the recent developments of Noether's symmetry theorems to the optimal control setting, which give rise to non-proper extensions when specified for the problems of the calculus of variations. Results are also obtained for variational problems with higher-order derivatives.
Citation: Delfim F. M. Torres. Proper extensions of Noether's symmetry theorem for nonsmooth extremals of the calculus of variations. Communications on Pure & Applied Analysis, 2004, 3 (3) : 491-500. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2004.3.491
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