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January  2008, 21(1): 21-39. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2008.21.21

## Varying domains: Stability of the Dirichlet and the Poisson problem

 1 Institute of Applied Analysis, University of Ulm, D-89069 Ulm, Germany 2 School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

Received  March 2007 Revised  October 2007 Published  February 2008

For $\Omega$ a bounded open set in $\R^N$ we consider the space $H^1_0(\bar{\Omega})=${$u_{|_{\Omega}}: u \in H^1(\R^N):$ $u(x)=0$ a.e. outside $\bar{\Omega}$}. The set $\Omega$ is called stable if $H^1_0(\Omega)=H^1_0(\bar{\Omega})$. Stability of $\Omega$ can be characterised by the convergence of the solutions of the Poisson equation

$-\Delta u_n = f$ in $D(\Omega_n)^$´, $u_n \in H^1_0(\Omega_n)$

and also the Dirichlet Problem with respect to $\Omega_n$ if $\Omega_n$ converges to $\Omega$ in a sense to be made precise. We give diverse results in this direction, all with purely analytical tools not referring to abstract potential theory as in Hedberg's survey article [Expo. Math. 11 (1993), 193--259]. The most complete picture is obtained when $\Omega$ is supposed to be Dirichlet regular. However, stability does not imply Dirichlet regularity as Lebesgue's cusp shows.

Citation: Wolfgang Arendt, Daniel Daners. Varying domains: Stability of the Dirichlet and the Poisson problem. Discrete & Continuous Dynamical Systems - A, 2008, 21 (1) : 21-39. doi: 10.3934/dcds.2008.21.21
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