
Asymptotics for Minimal Discrete Riesz Energy on Curves in $\R^d$
We consider the $s$energy
$$
E(\ZZ_n;s)=\sum_{i \neq j} K(\z_{i,n}z_{j,n}\;s)
$$
for point sets $\ZZ_n=\{ z_{k,n}:k=0,\dots,n\}$ on certain compact sets
$\Ga$ in $\R^d$ having finite onedimensional Hausdorff measure, where
$$
K(t;s)=
\begin{cases}
t^{s} ,& \mbox{if } s>0, \\
\ln t, & \mbox{if } s=0,
\end{cases}
$$
is the Riesz kernel. Asymptotics for the minimum $s$energy and the
distribution of minimizing sequences of points is studied. In
particular, we prove that, for $s\geq 1$, the minimizing nodes for a
rectifiable Jordan curve $\Ga$ distribute asymptotically uniformly with
respect to arclength as $n\to\infty$.
Keywords:Riesz energy, Minimal discrete energy,, Rectifiable curves, Bestpacking on curves Categories:52A40, 31C20 