On Aleksandrov-Bakelman-Pucci type estimates for integro-differential equations

PDE Seminar
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 3:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Carnegie Mellon University
Despite much recent (and not so recent) attention to solutions of integro-differential equations of elliptic type, it is surprising that a result such as a comparison theorem which can deal with only measure theoretic norms (e.g. L-n and L-infinity) of the right hand side of the equation has gone unexplored.  For the case of second order equations this result is known as the Aleksandrov-Bakelman-Pucci estimate (and dates back to circa 1960s), which says that for supersolutions of uniformly elliptic equation Lu=f, the supremum of u is controlled by the L-n norm of f (n being the underlying dimension of the domain).  We will discuss this estimate in the context of fully nonlinear integro-differential equations and present a recent result in this direction. (Joint with Nestor Guillen, available at arXiv:1101.0279v3 [math.AP])