Classical Solutions; the Schauder Approach
This chapter develops a theory of second order linear elliptic equations that is essentially an extension of potential theory. It is based on the fundamental observation that equations with Holder continuous coefficients can be treated locally as a perturbation of constant coefficient equations. From this fact Schauder [SC 4, 5] was able to construct a global theory, an extension of which is presented here. Basic to this approach are apriori estimates of solutions, extending those of potential theory to equations with Hölder continuous coefficients. These estimates provide compactness results that are essential for the existence and regularity theory, and since they apply to classical solutions under relatively weak hypotheses on the coefficients, they play an important part in the subsequent nonlinear theory.
KeywordsDirichlet Problem Classical Solution Interpolation Inequality Interior Estimate Local Barrier
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