Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Torsion and ground state maxima: close but not the same
- Author(s): Minion, Michael
- Benson, Brian
- Laugesen, Richard
- Siudeja, Bartlomiej
- et al.
Could the location of the maximum point for a positive solution of a semilinear Poisson equation on a convex domain be independent of the form of the nonlinearity? Cima and Derrick found certain evidence for this surprising conjecture. We construct counterexamples on the half-disk, by working with the torsion function and first Dirichlet eigenfunction. On an isosce- les right triangle the conjecture fails again. Yet the conjecture has merit, since the maxima of the torsion function and eigenfunction are unexpectedly close together. It is an open problem to quantify this closeness in terms of the domain and the nonlinearity.