Optimal regularity of solutions to the obstacle problem for the fractional Laplacian with drift

Arshak Petrosyan, Camelia A. Pop

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Abstract

We prove existence, uniqueness and optimal regularity of solutions to the stationary obstacle problem defined by the fractional Laplacian operator with drift, in the subcritical regime. As in [4], we localize our problem by considering a suitable extension operator introduced in [2]. The structure of the extension equation is different from the one constructed in [4], in that the obstacle function has less regularity, and exhibits some singularities. To take into account the new features of the problem, we prove a new monotonicity formula, which we then use to establish the optimal regularity of solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-472
Number of pages56
JournalJournal of Functional Analysis
Volume268
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 2015

Keywords

  • Almgren-type monotonicity formula
  • Fractional Laplacian with drift
  • Obstacle problem
  • Optimal regularity

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