Free and constrained equilibrium states in a variational problem on a surface

Document Type: Research Paper

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Department of Physics and Mathematics, National Polytechnical Institute (I.P.N.), Campus Zacatecas (U.P.I.I.Z) P. C. 098160, Zacatecas, Mexico.

Abstract

We study the equilibrium states for an energy functional with a parametric force field on a region of a surface. Consideration of free equilibrium states is based on Lyusternik - Schnirelman's and Skrypnik's variational methods. Consideration of equilibrium states under a constraint of geometrical character is based on an analog of Skrypnik's method, described in [P. Vyridis, {\it Bifurcation in a Variational Problem on a Surface with a Constraint}, Int. J. Nonlinear Anal. Appl. 2 (1) (2011), 1-10]. In local coordinates, equilibrium points satisfy an elliptic boundary value problem.

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