Refined jacobian estimates for Ginzburg-Landau functional

Robert Jerrard, Daniel Spirn

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We prove various estimates that relate the Ginzburg-Landau energy E ε (u) = ∫Ω | ∇u| 2/2 + (|u|2 - 1)2/(4ε2)dx of a function u ε H1(Ωℝ2), Ω ∪ ℝ2, to the distance in the W-1,1 norm between the Jacobian J(u) = det ∇u and a sum of point masses. These are interpreted as quantifying the precision with which "vortices" in a function u can be located via measure-theoretic tools such as the Jacobian; and the extent to which variations in the Ginzburg-Landau energy due to translation of vortices can be detected using the Jacobian. We give examples to show that some of our estimates are close to optimal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-186
Number of pages52
JournalIndiana University Mathematics Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Gamma convergence
  • Ginzburg-Landau functional
  • Jacobian


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