WIAS Preprint No. 3005, (2023)

Second-order sufficient conditions for sparse optimal control of singular Allen--Cahn systems with dynamic boundary conditions


  • Sprekels, Jürgen
    ORCID: 0009-0000-0618-8604
  • Tröltzsch, Fredi

2020 Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 35K20 35K55 49J50 49J52 49K2


  • Allen--Cahn equation, phase field model, dynamic boundary condition, singular potential, optimal control, sparsity, optimality conditions




In this paper we study the optimal control of a parabolic initial-boundary value problem of Allen--Cahn type with dynamic boundary conditions. Phase field systems of this type govern the evolution of coupled diffusive phase transition processes with nonconserved order parameters that occur in a container and on its surface, respectively. It is assumed that the nonlinear functions driving the physical processes within the bulk and on the surface are double well potentials of logarithmic type whose derivatives become singular at the boundary of their respective domains of definition. For such systems, optimal control problems have been studied in the past. We focus here on the situation when the cost functional of the optimal control problem contains a nondifferentiable term like the L1-norm leading to sparsity of optimal controls. For such cases, we derive second-order sufficient conditions for locally optimal controls.

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