Sigma Models with Repulsive Potentials
Motivated by questions arising in the study of harmonic maps and Yang Mills theory, we study new techniques for producing optimal monotonicity relations for geometric partial differential equations. We apply these results to sharpen epsilon regularity results. As a sample application, we analyze energy minimizing maps from compact manifolds to the space of hermitian matrices, where the energy of the map includes the usual kinetic term and a singular potential designed to force the image of the map to lie in a set homotopic to a Grassmannian.
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