Local gradient estimates of p-harmonic functions, 1/H-flow, and an entropy formula

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In the first part of this paper, we prove local interior and boundary gradient estimates for p-harmonic functions on general Riemannian manifolds. With these estimates, following the strategy in recent work of R. Moser, we prove an existence theorem for weak solutions to the level set formulation of the 1/H (inverse mean curvature) flow for hypersurfaces in ambient manifolds satisfying a sharp volume growth assumption. In the second part of this paper, we consider two parabolic analogues of the p-harmonic equation and prove sharp Li-Yau type gradient estimates for positive solutions to these equations on manifolds of nonnegative Ricci curvature. For one of these equations, we also prove an entropy monotonicity formula generalizing an earlier such formula of the second author for the linear heat equation. As an application of this formula, we show that a complete Riemannian manifold with nonnegative Ricci curvature and sharp Lp-logarithmic Sobolev inequality must be isometric to Euclidean space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-36
Number of pages36
JournalAnnales Scientifiques de l'Ecole Normale Superieure
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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