The recent years have seen a beautiful breakthrough culminating in a comprehensive understanding of certain scale-invariant properties of n − 1 dimensional sets across analysis, geometric measure theory, and PDEs. The present paper surveys the first steps of a program recently launched by the authors and aimed at the new PDE approach to sets with lower dimensional boundaries. We define a suitable class of degenerate elliptic operators, explain our intuition, motivation, and goals, and present the first results regarding absolute continuity of the emerging elliptic measure with respect to the surface measure analogous to the classical theorems of C. Kenig and his collaborators in the case of co-dimension one.
- Dahlberg’s theorem
- Dirichlet solvability
- Elliptic measure in higher codimension
- absolute continuity
- degenerate elliptic operators