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Euler Lagrange equation for harmonic maps

In the paper "The existence of minimal immersions of 2-spheres" by Sacks and Uhlenbeck the authors claim that the Euler Lagrange equation for the modified functional $E_\alpha(s) = \int_M (1 + ...
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Is a geodesic the least curved path?

It is clear that, in $\mathbb{R}^n$, straight lines are the lines with minimum possible curvature. That is, given the Frenet-Serret ($n$-dimensional equivalent) matrix, and taking its squared norm, ...
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Minimum is attained in a subset of a Sobolev space

Let $\Omega \subset \mathbb R^n$. I have a functional of the form, $$\int_{\Omega}f(x,u,\nabla u)dx$$ where $u \in W^{1,p}(\Omega, M)$, $M \subset \mathbb R^d$ is a compact, smooth Riemannian ...
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Geodesics in a manifold M diffeomorphic to $\mathbb S^2$

I am now reading the book Calculus of Variations written by Jost and I encountered the following problem (in Theorem 2.3.3.): Let $M$ be a differentiable submanifold of $\mathbb R^d$ diffeomorphic to ...
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Simplifying the search for a geodesic

How can calculations for the geodesics on the surface $U=\{(x,y,z): c(x^2+y^2)-z^2=0, z>0\}$ be simplified by noting that is locally Euclidean? I can see that the property means that when we open ...