Thermal capacity estimates on the allen-cahn equation

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We consider the Allen-Cahn equation in a well-known scaling regime which gives motion by mean curvature. A well-known transformation of this PDE, using its standing wave, yields a PDE the solution of which is approximately the distance function to an interface moving by mean curvature. We give bounds on this last fact in terms of thermal capacity. Our techniques hinge upon the analysis of a certain semimartingale associated with a certain PDE (the PDE for the approximate distance function) and an analogue of some results by Bañuelos and Øksendal relating lifetimes of diffusions to exterior capacities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2553-2567
Number of pages15
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1999


  • Allen-cahn equation
  • Mean curvature
  • Thermal capacity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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