Interfaces and Free Boundaries


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Volume 8, Issue 3, 2006, pp. 317–348
DOI: 10.4171/IFB/146

Published online: 2006-09-30

On a uniform approximation of motion by anisotropic curvature by the Allen–Cahn equations

Yoshikazu Giga[1], Takeshi Ohtsuka[2] and Reiner Schätzle[3]

(1) University of Tokyo, Japan
(2) University of Tokyo, Japan
(3) Universität Tübingen, Germany

The convergence of solutions of anisotropic Allen–Cahn equations is studied when the interface thickness parameter (denoted by ε) tends to zero. It is shown that the convergence to a level set solution of the corresponding anisotropic interface equations is uniform with respect to the derivatives of a surface energy density function. As an application the crystalline motion of interfaces is shown to be approximated by the anisotropic Allen–Cahn equations.

Keywords: Anisotropic Allen–Cahn equation, anisotropic mean curvature flow, viscosity solution, crystalline curvature flow

Giga Yoshikazu, Ohtsuka Takeshi, Schätzle Reiner: On a uniform approximation of motion by anisotropic curvature by the Allen–Cahn equations. Interfaces Free Bound. 8 (2006), 317-348. doi: 10.4171/IFB/146