WIAS Preprint No. 2867, (2021)

Well-posedness and optimal control for a Cahn--Hilliard--Oono system with control in the mass term


  • Colli, Pierluigi
    ORCID: 0000-0002-7921-5041
  • Gilardi, Gianni
    ORCID: 0000-0002-0651-4307
  • Rocca, Elisabetta
    ORCID: 0000-0002-9930-907X
  • Sprekels, Jürgen
    ORCID: 0009-0000-0618-8604

2020 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35K52 35D35 49J20 49K30 35Q92 35Q93


  • Cahn--Hilliard equation, logarithmic potential, regular potential, optimal control problem, strict separation property, necessary optimality conditions




The paper treats the problem of optimal distributed control of a Cahn--Hilliard--Oono system in Rd, 1 ≤ d ≤ 3 with the control located in the mass term and admitting general potentials that include both the case of a regular potential and the case of some singular potential. The first part of the paper is concerned with the dependence of the phase variable on the control variable. For this purpose, suitable regularity and continuous dependence results are shown. In particular, in the case of a logarithmic potential, we need to prove an ad hoc strict separation property, and for this reason we have to restrict ourselves to the case d = 2. In the rest of the work, we study the necessary first-order optimality conditions, which are proved under suitable compatibility conditions on the initial datum of the phase variable and the time derivative of the control, at least in case of potentials having unbounded domain

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