On the closeness of sets with almost minimal first eigenvalue

  • Date May 17, 2017
  • Hour 3 pm
  • Room GSSI Main Lecture Hall
  • Speaker Aldo Pratelli (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)


In the last years, there has been a lot of effort in order to prove qualitative and quantitative estimates about Laplace eigenvalues. This basically means the following. It is known that, among sets of unit volume in R^N, the ball minimizes the first eigenvalue. Take then a set whose first eigenvalue coincides with the minimal one up to a small quantity: can we say that this set differs from a ball, in a suitable sense, of a power of this quantity? The answer is now known to be positive. We are interested in the following related question, originating from a conjecture of A. Henrot: given a set whose first eigenvalue coincides with the one of the ball up to a small quantity, can we say that also its other eigenvalues differ from those of the ball of powers of this quantity? This is a joint work with D. Mazzoleni.