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Fundamental Tone, Concentration of Density, and Conformal Degeneration on Surfaces

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 Printed: Jun 2009
  • Alexandre Girouard
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We study the effect of two types of degeneration of a Riemannian metric on the first eigenvalue of the Laplace operator on surfaces. In both cases we prove that the first eigenvalue of the round sphere is an optimal asymptotic upper bound. The first type of degeneration is concentration of the density to a point within a conformal class. The second is degeneration of the conformal class to the boundary of the moduli space on the torus and on the Klein bottle. In the latter, we follow the outline proposed by N. Nadirashvili in 1996.
MSC Classifications: 35P, 58J show english descriptions unknown classification 35P
unknown classification 58J
35P - unknown classification 35P
58J - unknown classification 58J

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