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VOL. 11 | 2010 A $\mathcal{C}$-Spectral Sequence Associated with Free Boundary Variational Problems
Giovanni Moreno

Editor(s) Ivaïlo M. Mladenov, Gaetano Vilasi, Akira Yoshioka


The $\mathcal{C}$–spectral sequence is a cohomological theory naturally associated with a space of infinite jets, which allows to write down many concepts of the variational calculus by using the same logic of the standard differential calculus. In this paper we use such a language (called Secondary Calculus by A. Vinogradov) to describe a delicate aspect of the variational calculus: the appearance of some “natural” boundary conditions in the context of variational problems with free boundary (e.g., transversality conditions). We discover that the Euler–Lagrange operator is actually a graded operator, producing simultaneously the standard Euler–Lagrange equations and these new boundary conditions as different homogeneous components of an unique object. Simple applicative examples will be presented.


Published: 1 January 2010
First available in Project Euclid: 13 July 2015

MathSciNet: MR2757930

Digital Object Identifier: 10.7546/giq-11-2010-146-156

Rights: Copyright © 2010 Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


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