02147nas a2200157 4500008004100000245008700041210006900128260001000197300001200207490000700219520161800226653002801844100002001872700002501892856007201917 2015 en d00aStable regular critical points of the Mumford-Shah functional are local minimizers0 aStable regular critical points of the MumfordShah functional are bSISSA a533-5700 v323 aIn this paper it is shown that any regular critical point of the Mumfordâ€“Shah functional, with positive definite second variation, is an isolated local minimizer with respect to competitors which are sufficiently close in the $L^1$

-topology. A global minimality result in small tubular neighborhoods of the discontinuity set is also established.

10aMumford-Shah functional1 aBonacini, Marco1 aMorini, Massimiliano uhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S029414491400017101111nas a2200121 4500008004300000245007200043210006900115520069700184100002200881700002500903700002500928856003600953 2008 en_Ud 00aA second order minimality condition for the Mumford-Shah functional0 asecond order minimality condition for the MumfordShah functional3 aA new necessary minimality condition for the Mumford-Shah functional is derived by means of second order variations. It is expressed in terms of a sign condition for a nonlocal quadratic form on $H^1_0(\\\\Gamma)$, $\\\\Gamma$ being a submanifold of the regular part of the discontinuity set of the critical point. Two equivalent formulations are provided: one in terms of the first eigenvalue of a suitable compact operator, the other involving a sort of nonlocal capacity of $\\\\Gamma$. A sufficient condition for minimality is also deduced. Finally, an explicit example is discussed, where a complete characterization of the domains where the second variation is nonnegative can be given.1 aCagnetti, Filippo1 aMora, Maria Giovanna1 aMorini, Massimiliano uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/195500907nas a2200121 4500008004300000245005500043210005300098520053100151100001900682700002500701700002300726856003600749 2007 en_Ud 00aSurfactants in Foam Stability: A Phase-Field Model0 aSurfactants in Foam Stability A PhaseField Model3 aThe role of surfactants in stabilizing the formation of bubbles in foams is studied using a phase-field model. The analysis is centered on a van der Walls-Cahn-Hilliard-type energy with an added term accounting for the interplay between the presence of a surfactant density and the creation of interfaces. In particular, it is concluded that the surfactant segregates to the interfaces, and that the prescriptionof the distribution of surfactant will dictate the locus of interfaces, what is in agreement with experimentation.1 aFonseca, Irene1 aMorini, Massimiliano1 aSlastikov, Valeriy uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/203500579nas a2200109 4500008004300000245008900043210006900132260000900201520019800210100002500408856003600433 2003 en_Ud 00aSequences of Singularly Perturbed Functionals Generating Free-Discontinuity Problems0 aSequences of Singularly Perturbed Functionals Generating FreeDis bSIAM3 aWe prove that a wide class of singularly perturbed functionals generates as $\\\\Gamma$-limit a functional related to a free-discontinuity problem. Several applications of the result are shown.1 aMorini, Massimiliano uhttp://hdl.handle.net/1963/3071