TY - JOUR

T1 - Quantitative stratification and the regularity of harmonic map flow

AU - Cheeger, Jeff

AU - Haslhofer, Robert

AU - Naber, Aaron

N1 - Funding Information:
J. C. was partially supported by NSF Grant DMS 1005552 and by a Simons Fellowship.
Publisher Copyright:
© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014.

PY - 2015/5

Y1 - 2015/5

N2 - In this paper, we prove estimates and quantitative regularity results for the harmonic map flow. First, we consider (Formula Presented)-maps u defined on a parabolic ball (Formula Presented) and with target manifold $$N$$N, that have bounded Dirichlet-energy and Struwe-energy. We define a quantitative stratification, which groups together points in the domain into quantitative weakly singular strata (Formula Presented)(u) according to the number of approximate symmetries of $$u$$u at certain scales. We prove that their tubular neighborhoods have small volume, namely (Formula Presented), where $$C$$C depends on η,ϵ and some additional parameters; for the precise statement see Theorem 1.5. In particular, this generalizes the known Hausdorff estimate (Formula Presented)(u)≤j for the weakly singular strata of suitable weak solutions of the harmonic map flow. As an application, specializing to Chen-Struwe solutions with target manifolds that do not admit certain harmonic and quasi-harmonic spheres, we obtain refined Minkowski estimates for the singular set, which generalize a result of Lin-Wang (Anal Geom 7(2):397–429, 1999). We also obtain (Formula Presented)-estimates for the reciprocal of the regularity scale. Our results for harmonic map flow are analogous to results for mean curvature flow we proved in Cheeger et al. (Geom Funct Anal 23(3):828–847, 2013).

AB - In this paper, we prove estimates and quantitative regularity results for the harmonic map flow. First, we consider (Formula Presented)-maps u defined on a parabolic ball (Formula Presented) and with target manifold $$N$$N, that have bounded Dirichlet-energy and Struwe-energy. We define a quantitative stratification, which groups together points in the domain into quantitative weakly singular strata (Formula Presented)(u) according to the number of approximate symmetries of $$u$$u at certain scales. We prove that their tubular neighborhoods have small volume, namely (Formula Presented), where $$C$$C depends on η,ϵ and some additional parameters; for the precise statement see Theorem 1.5. In particular, this generalizes the known Hausdorff estimate (Formula Presented)(u)≤j for the weakly singular strata of suitable weak solutions of the harmonic map flow. As an application, specializing to Chen-Struwe solutions with target manifolds that do not admit certain harmonic and quasi-harmonic spheres, we obtain refined Minkowski estimates for the singular set, which generalize a result of Lin-Wang (Anal Geom 7(2):397–429, 1999). We also obtain (Formula Presented)-estimates for the reciprocal of the regularity scale. Our results for harmonic map flow are analogous to results for mean curvature flow we proved in Cheeger et al. (Geom Funct Anal 23(3):828–847, 2013).

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U2 - 10.1007/s00526-014-0752-7

DO - 10.1007/s00526-014-0752-7

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84939896018

VL - 53

SP - 365

EP - 381

JO - Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations

JF - Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations

SN - 0944-2669

IS - 1-2

ER -