A problem of Baernstein on the equality of the -harmonic measure of a set and its closure

Authors:
Anders Björn, Jana Björn and Nageswari Shanmugalingam

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **134** (2006), 509-519

MSC (2000):
Primary 31C45; Secondary 30C85, 31A25, 31B20, 31C15, 46E35

Published electronically:
August 12, 2005

MathSciNet review:
2176020

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Abstract: A. Baernstein II (*Comparison of -harmonic measures of subsets of the unit circle*, St. Petersburg Math. J. **9** (1998), 543-551, p. 548), posed the following question: If is a union of open arcs on the boundary of the unit disc , then is , where denotes the -harmonic measure? (Strictly speaking he stated this question for the case .) For the positive answer to this question is well known. Recall that for the -harmonic measure, being a nonlinear analogue of the harmonic measure, is not a measure in the usual sense.

The purpose of this note is to answer a more general version of Baernstein's question in the affirmative when . In the proof, using a deep trace result of Jonsson and Wallin, it is first shown that the characteristic function is the restriction to of a Sobolev function from .

For it is no longer true that belongs to the trace class. Nevertheless, we are able to show equality for the case of one arc for all , using a very elementary argument. A similar argument is used to obtain a result for starshaped domains.

Finally we show that in a certain sense the equality holds for almost all relatively open sets.

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**Anders Björn**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Linköpings Universitet, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden

Email:
anbjo@mai.liu.se

**Jana Björn**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Linköpings Universitet, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden

Email:
jabjo@mai.liu.se

**Nageswari Shanmugalingam**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210025, Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0025

Email:
nages@math.uc.edu

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-05-08187-6

Keywords:
Ahlfors regular,
Dirichlet problem,
$d$-set,
Lipschitz domain,
Minkowski dimension,
$p\mspace{1mu}$-harmonic function,
$p\mspace{1mu}$-harmonic measure,
Sobolev function,
starshaped,
trace,
unit disc

Received by editor(s):
September 27, 2004

Published electronically:
August 12, 2005

Additional Notes:
We thank Juha Heinonen for drawing our attention to the question of Baernstein

The first two authors were supported by the Swedish Research Council and Gustaf Sigurd Magnuson’s fund of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The second author did this research while she was at Lund University

The third author was partly supported by NSF grant DMS 0243355.

Communicated by:
Andreas Seeger

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