American Institute of Mathematical Sciences

March  2002, 1(1): 127-134. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2002.1.127

Optimal regularity of solution to a degenerate elliptic system arising in electromagnetic fields

 1 Department of Mathematics, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, United States

Received  February 2001 Revised  June 2001 Published  December 2001

In this paper we prove a fundamental estimate for the weak solution of a degenerate elliptic system: $\nabla\times [\rho(x)\nabla\times H]=F$, $\nabla\cdot H=0$ in a bounded domain in $R^3$, where $\rho(x)$ is only assumed to be in $L^{\infty}$ with a positive lower bound. This system is the steady-state of Maxwell’s system for the evolution of a magnetic field $H$ under the influence of an external force $F$, where $\rho(x)$ represents the resistivity of the conductive material. By using Campanato type of techniques, we show that the weak solution to the system is Hölder continuous, which is optimal under the assumption. This result solves the regularity problem for the system under the minimum assumption on the coefficient. Some applications arising in inductive heating are presented.
Citation: H. M. Yin. Optimal regularity of solution to a degenerate elliptic system arising in electromagnetic fields. Communications on Pure & Applied Analysis, 2002, 1 (1) : 127-134. doi: 10.3934/cpaa.2002.1.127
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