Advances in Differential Equations
- Adv. Differential Equations
- Volume 4, Number 6 (1999), 907-932.
Approximate radial symmetry for overdetermined boundary value problems
In this paper, we study the stability of Serrin's classical symmetry result for overdetermined boundary value problems . We prove that if there exists a positive solution of $\Delta u +f(u) =0$ in $\Omega$ with $u=0$ on $\partial\Omega$ and if $\partial u / \partial \nu$ on $\partial\Omega$ is close to a constant, then the domain $\Omega$ is close to a ball. Additionally, we give an explicit estimate for the distance of the domain to a circumscribed and inscribed ball. The proof relies on the method of moving planes and new quantitative versions of the Hopf Lemma and Serrin's corner Lemma.
Adv. Differential Equations Volume 4, Number 6 (1999), 907-932.
First available in Project Euclid: 15 April 2013
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Primary: 35J65: Nonlinear boundary value problems for linear elliptic equations
Secondary: 35B50: Maximum principles
Aftalion, Amandine; Busca, Jérôme; Reichel, Wolfgang. Approximate radial symmetry for overdetermined boundary value problems. Adv. Differential Equations 4 (1999), no. 6, 907--932. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ade/1366030751.