Giovanni Alberti (mathematician)
21 March 1965|
|Institutions||University of Pisa|
|Alma mater||Scuola Normale Superiore|
|Known for||Alberti's rank-one theorem|
|Notable awards||Caccioppoli Prize (2002)|
Alberti has studied at Scuola Normale Superiore under the guide of Giuseppe Buttazzo and Ennio De Giorgi; he is professor of mathematics at the University of Pisa. Alberti is mostly known for two remarkable theorems he proved at the beginning of his career, that eventually found applications in various branches of modern mathematical analysis. The first is a very general Lusin type theorem for gradients asserting that every Borel vector field can be realized as the gradient of a continuously differentiable function outside a closed subset of a priori prescribed (small) measure. The second asserts the rank-one property of the distributional derivatives of functions with bounded variation, thereby verifying a conjecture of De Giorgi. This theorem has found several applications, as for instance in the Ambrosio's proof of an open problem posed by Di Perna and Lions concerning the well-posedness of the continuity equation involving BV vector fields. This result is nowadays commonly known as Alberti's rank-one theorem and its proof rests of a very delicate use of sophisticated tools from geometric measure theory; in particular, it makes use of the concept of tangent measure to another measure. Subsequently, Alberti has given contributions to the study of various aspects of Ginzburg-Landau vortices and of the continuity equation.
- "A Lusin type theorem for gradients". Journal of Functional Analysis. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Rank one property for derivatives of functions with bounded variation". Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh: Section A Mathematics. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Transport equation and Cauchy problem for BV vector fields". Inventiones Mathematicae. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- "Alberti's rank-one Theorem". Encyclopedia of Mathematics. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "A Note on Alberti's rank-one theorem". UMI Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics. Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- "Caccioppoli prize citation". Italian Mathematical Union. Retrieved May 5, 2013.