Methods and Applications of Analysis
Volume 15 (2008)
Uniqueness of Solutions for an Elliptic Equation Modeling MEMS
Pages: 341 – 354
We show among other things, that for small voltage, the stable solution of the basic nonlinear eigenvalue problem modelling a simple electrostatic MEMS is actually the unique solution, provided the domain is star-shaped and the dimension is larger or equal than 3. In two dimensions, we need the domain to be either strictly convex or symmetric. The case of a power permittivity profile is also considered. Our results, which use an approach developed by Schaaf, extend and simplify recent results by Guo and Wei.
MEMS; stable solutions; quenching branch
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
35B32, 35J20, 35J60